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‘I just wanted to work as hard as I could’

We spoke to Yavneh College’s Alex Harris, 16, who received 7A* 2 9’s and an 8. He told us: “I’m taking Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths and staying at Yavneh. The new grading system took some getting used to, but wasn’t too bothered, I just wanted to work as hard as I could”

‘The new system is pretty good’

We spoke to JCoSS’s Itay Yaniv, 16 who recieved 9A*, an A and 27. He told us the “new system is pretty good, it makes you a better student, you stand out, it’s harder the get an A*. There’s more variety and more scores to get”

Marcus at Manchester Grammar gets 10 A*s

‘If you work hard you’ll still get good grades’

Adam Caplan, 16, studies at JCoSS and received 5A*, 2A, B, 6, 7 & 9).

Speaking to Jewish news, he said: “Doing Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics, I don’t have a problem with the new system because if you work hard you’ll still get good grades” (JCOSS)

By Natasha Zack 


JFS students celebrate their GCSE success!

In pictures: JCoSS students celebrate results

Photos by TashPhotography

PaJeS chief welcomes ‘outstanding’ results

Following strong GCSE results from Jewish schools across London, Rabbi David Meyer Executive Director of the Partnerships for Jewish Schools (PaJeS) congratulated students.

“The outstanding GCSE results are especially noteworthy given the changes in the curriculum, and reflects the high standards of education being delivered in Jewish schools across the country.

“Students across the ability range are performing exceptionally well and these results will reinforce the confidence parents are showing in their schools, and in the desire to send their children to Jewish schools.”

In pictures: JCoSS students celebrate results!

Exceptional JFS performers

Amid an outstanding overall display from JFS, there were brilliant individual results, including:

  • Joshua Korber-Hoffman 10A*s and 3 9s
  • Maya Robinson 8A*s and 1 9
  • Benjamin Moss 10A*s and 2 9s
  • Joe Rowan 7A*s and 3 9s
  • Avigail Harris 9A*s and 2 9s
  • Josh Wise 7A*s and 3 9s
  • Jacob Cowland 9A*s and 1 9
  • Tali Shear 7A*s and 2 9s
  • Nadav Grunberg 9A*s and 1 9
  • Jonathan Cordell 7A*s and 1 9
  • Matan Keidar 9A*s and 1 9
  • Joseph Gellman 7A*s and 1 9
  • Rafi Levy 9A*s and 1 9
  • Guy Nehushtan 7A*s and 1 9
  • James Onona 9A*s and 1 9
  • Natasha Granville 7A*s
  • Samuel Bass 8A*s and 2 9s
  • Emily Haberfeld 7A*s
  • Ilana Cantor 8A*s and 2 9s
  • Zac Cohen 6A*s and 2 9s
  • Lola Sofer-Yadgaroff 8A*s and 2 9s
  • Juliette Cosgrove 6A*s and 1 9
  • Ariel Flint Ashery 8A*s and 1 9
  • Joe Kaye 6A*s and 1 9
  • Rebecca Harounoff 9A*s and 1 9
  • Simona Harounoff 7A*s and 3As
  • Dov Zysblat 6A*s and 1 9

Yavneh students celebrate results !

Yavneh College students celebrate their results

Yavneh College students celebrate their results

Top performers at Yavneh !

Outstanding Performances at the Borehamwood school:

*English and Maths subjects listed first, Other subjects second. 

  • Alex Harris 9, 9, 8 and 7A*
  • Zak Kaufman 8, 8, 8 and 6A* and 1A
  • Leah Valins 9, 8, 8and 6A* and 1A
  • Orli Ash 8, 7, 7 and 5A* and 2As
  • Hugo Rauch 9, 8, 7 and 5A*s and 2As
  • Natalie Sweiry 9, 8, 7 and 5A*s and 2 As
  • Jessica Fynn 9, 8, 7 and 4A*s and 3As
  • Zack Rothschild 8, 7, 7 and 3A*s and 4As
  • Lily Sheinfield 9, 8, 7 and  3A*s and 4As

Yavneh ‘delighted’ with top results

Borehamwood school headteacher pleased with “excellent GCSE results”, which saw:

    • A*-C or 9-4 86 percent
    • A*/A or 9-7 36 percent
    • Pass in English (92 percent) and Maths (83 percent
    • Non-reformed subjects (not English and Maths) saw A*-C grades 83 percent and A*-A 41 percent.

Executive Headteacher, Mr S Lewis said, “we are delighted with another set of excellent GCSE results which are a tribute to the hard work our pupils have put in. This year’s cohort has sat a mixture of new and old GCSEs gaining a mix of A*-C and 9-1 grades and examinations are getting even harder than in previous years.  What is certain is that Yavneh College pupils have worked extremely hard and have done exceptionally well. This together with our outstanding A Level results makes me very proud indeed”.

Kantor King Solomon students get results

Kantor King Solomon pupils celebrate their results! From left-right: Jamie Tiller, Razaq Bashorun, Joshua Carmel-Brown, Pavan Sirha, Dalia Sweiry

Kantor King Solomon pupils celebrate their results! From left-right: Jamie Tiller, Razaq Bashorun, Joshua Carmel-Brown, Pavan Sirha, Dalia Sweiry

Individual stars at JCoSS

Amid strong overall results, these JCoSS students had personal success:

  • Noam Solomons-Wise: 9 9 A* A* A* A* A* A* A* A* A*
  • Antonia Salem: 9 9 A* A* A* A* A* A* A* A* A*
  • Nuri Morad: 9 8 A* A* A* A* A* A* A* A* A*
  • Gil Krikler: 9 8 A* A* A* A* A* A* A* A* A*
  • Gaby Vides: 9 9 A* A* A* A* A* A* A* A A
  • Sam Lachmann: 8 8 A* A* A* A* A* A* A* A* A*
  • Daniel Tuarev: 8 8 A* A* A* A* A* A* A* A* A
  • Angelica Guiloff: 9 9 A* A* A* A* A* A* A* A A
  • Thomas Rackind: 9 9 A* A* A* A* A A A A A
  • Maya Janowski: 9 9 A* A* A* A* A* A* A* A B
  • Itay Yaniv 7 7 A* A* A* A* A* A* A* A* A*
  • Rosie Inwald: 9 9 8 A* A* A* A* A* A* A
  • Miriam Clifton: 9 8 7 A* A* A* A* A* A* A*
  • Maya Edelstein: 9 8 8 A* A* A* A* A* A A
  • Lily Sheldon: 9 8 8 A* A* A* A* A* A B

JCoSS celebrates ‘fabulous’ results

Head of Barnet school welcomes set of results, which improves on 2016 scores.

  • 43 percent of grades at A*-A
  • 88 percent were at Grades A*- C (or equivalent 9-4), up from 80 percent in 2016
  • Over a quarter of students get at least 8 GCSEs at Grade A (7) or better
  • Nearly two-fifths achieve at least 5 at Grade A (7) or better.

Headteacher, Mr Patrick Moriarty said: ‘We are delighted by another set of fabulous GCSE results – now the 3rd in our collection. These results and progress scores are testament to the exceptional hard work and dedication of our staff and students alike.’

Immanuel head welcomes remarkable success

Gary Griffin, the incoming Head Master said, “I am absolutely delighted to discover such an outstanding set of GCSE results, which are the best in the history of the College. I congratulate both Pupils and Staff for their exceptional performance this year and look forward to welcoming the boys and girls into our expanding Sixth Form”.

Immanuel sees best results in its history

Immanuel in Bushey celebrated the best set of GCSE results in the College’s history. 

  • 45% graded at A*
  • 70% graded A*-A
  • 98% of students reach national benchmark of 5 or more A*- C, an improvement on 2016 score of 97percent.
  • Average grade is A
  • I in 6 get 9 or more A* grades

*Whilst most schools used the new 1-9 grading system, Immanuel College students took IGCSE English and Maths, which grades students using the traditional A* to G scale.

Hasmonean has ‘great deal to celebrate’

Executive Headteacher of Hasmonean welcomed today’s GCSE results, saying the school “has a great deal to celebrate.”

Congratulating students and staff, he said: “It is wonderful to see both our brightest students and those who find academic study more challenging all achieve outstanding results. Academic performance is just one of the areas in which we encourage our students to excel. Their achievements in Jewish Studies, community leadership and their own personal endeavours are incredibly important to us.

Heads of ‘ Girls School, Mrs Rachel Fink, and Head of Boys’ School Mrs Debbie Lebrett, said: “We are very proud of our students who have coped with the new, more challenging GCSE specifications very well indeed. Our thanks go to all of the Hasmonean staff for supporting students throughout their time at Hasmonean.”

Hasmonean outperforms expectations

Hasmonean celebrated an improvement on the previous years results, with 61% of grades being A*-A (9-7 for English and Maths), up from  2016, where over 50 percent of grades were A*-A.

92 percent of grades fell in the A*-C / 9-4 bracket, also a marginal improvement on the previous year, which saw 91 percent of results in the A*-C bracket.

King Solomon top performers

After school announces strong overall showing, individual students celebrate personal success:

  • Ishan Gulati – 7 A* 2As
  • Aimee Cohen – 7A* 1A
  • Prince Ahmed – 7A* 1A
  • Ashna Pillai – 7A* 1A
  • Mia Keizner – 6A* 2As
  • Charlotte Moore – 6A* – 2As

(Following introduction of new grading system for English and Maths of 1-9 instead of A*-G, equivalent grades have been given by the school).

Kantor King Solomon celebrates top results

Barkingside high school sees 75% of students achieve national standard measure of ‘good passes’ in English and maths

81% of students achieve A* – C in GCSE Religious Studies.

Headteacher Matthew Slater says he is “so proud and delighted for the entire school, that we have maintained our amazing success at GCSE. The staff, students, parents, Governors and the entire community have committed to the success of our school. These results are testament to the focus, determination, skill and tenacity of our teaching staff and our students. This school continues to thrive. It is my honour and privilege to lead this magnificent institution.”



‘Outstanding’ JFS results welcomed amid challenge

Despite reforms to GCSE’s to make the examinations more rigorous, JFS’ teaching staff welcomed ‘outstanding’ results.

Executive Headteacher Deborah Lipkin, Headteacher Simon Appleman andDirector of Key Stage 4 Sheri Berg said: “The Governors of the School join us in congratulating all our students and their families on these outstanding results. Record GCSE results alongside record A Level results reflect the exceptional educational provision on offer at JFS and further cement our position as one of the leading non-selective schools in the country. We are deeply proud of our students and these impressive grades reflect the high degree of resilience, commitment and hard work by students and staff. We commend them on their achievements and look forward to welcoming them and others to our outstanding Sixth Form in September”.

JFS students celebrate their results Picture credit: TashPhotography

JFS students celebrate their results
Picture credit: TashPhotography

JFS welcomes record results

Europe’s largest Jewish school celebrated another record year of GCSE results.

  • 92% of all entries were A*-C ( 9-4 for English and Maths)
  • A third of this year’s cohort achieve A*/A grades in 8 subjects or more.
  • 52% of all grades were A*-A or 9-7.
  • In English 38 students received the top grade of 9 (13.5%)
  • In Maths 42 students achieved the top grade of 9 (15%)
  • JFS exceeds national benchmark of 2% for English and Maths

*For English and Maths most schools will be reporting 1-9 instead of the traditional A*-G (9 being the highest mark.)


New reforms see change in grading system

This year’s GCSE results see the implementation of new reforms, which will see traditional A* to G grades gradually phased out in favour of a numerical grading system, ranked from 9 to 1.

Immanuel College take the IGCSE English and Maths, which remains graded A*-G, whilst most other schools will be reporting 1-9 (9 being the highest mark.)

However, Schools minister Nick Gibb has said there are unlikely to be “dramatic” changes in GCSE results following a major overhaul of the exams in England. He said he was “very confident” that schools, parents and businesses understood the new reforms.

The grading change is part of wider reforms designed to make GCSEs more rigorous. Gibb said staged introduction of reforms was intended to curb the workload for teachers and the exam board.





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