Yavneh is Eng­land’s top com­pre­hen­sive

The Jewish Chronicle - - EDUCATION - BY SIMON ROCKER

YAVNEH COL­LEGE in Hert­ford­shire is the top com­pre­hen­sive in Eng­land and Wales, based on the school’s A-level and GCSE per­for­mance this year, ac­cord­ing to a Sun­day Times ta­ble.

The school was ranked 52nd in the news­pa­per’s an­nual list of the top 500 state sec­on­daries but all of those ahead of it were se­lec­tive-en­try schools.

JFS was the third-placed com­pre­hen­sive and joint 87th in the na­tional ta­ble.

Spencer Lewis, Yavneh’s headteacher, de­scribed the rank­ing as “a won­der­ful achieve­ment and is a tes­ta­ment to the hard work our pupils put into their stud­ies and to the ded­i­ca­tion and ex­per­tise of our staff.” Three other Jewish schools ap­peared in the top 200 — Has­monean High at 115, King David High School Manch­ester 135 and JCoSS 173. King David High School Liver­pool was placed joint 281.

All are clas­si­fied as com­pre­hen­sive with the ex­cep­tion of King David Liver­pool, which se­lects a small per­cent­age of pupils on mu­si­cal ap­ti­tude.

Im­manuel Col­lege was ranked 181 among the top 400 pri­vate schools. Un­der the method used by the Sun­day Times (which dou­ble-weights A-level scores), it would have ranked sec­ond among the Jewish schools over­all.

The top ranked state schools were Queen El­iz­a­beth, fol­lowed by Hen­ri­etta Bar­net, both in Bar­net.

Mr Lewis at­trib­uted Yavneh’s re­sults “to a mix­ture of things, in­clud­ing hav­ing a very de­ter­mined set of pupils and par­ents who are ex­tremely am­bi­tious.

“Our staff pro­vide a huge num­ber of ed­u­ca­tional in­ter­ven­tions at lunchtime and after school, pro­vid­ing pupils with numer­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties to im­prove. The very pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ship be­tween pupils and staff is an­other im­por­tant in­gre­di­ent in en­sur­ing high stan­dards.”

While the Sun­day Times ta­ble was based on A-level and GCSE grades, he added, “an even more pleas­ing statis­tic is our Progress 8 fig­ure of 1.27 which is the high­est of any Hert­ford­shire school. Progress 8 is all about how well our pupils have done ac­cord­ing to their own pre­dicted grades. It is about how much Yavneh Col­lege has been able to give them in the time they are with us.”

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