Rosh Pinah Primary School has been upgraded to “good” by a recent Ofsted inspection.

The state-aided primary school in Edgware, which has 443 pupils, was previously rated as “inadequate” at the last inspection in 2014.

At that time, governors brought in Lilac Sky, an external education agency, to help run the school and installed head teacher Angela Gartland.

The latest report said that the school had “successfully tackled the weaknesses identified at the previous inspection” and praised the “tenacious and courageous” governors to ensure improvements were made.

Ofsted awarded Rosh Pinah “good” ratings in all areas, including the “effectiveness of leadership and management”.

The report stated: “A culture of high ambition and rigorous accountability has been restored.”
Teachers were praised for providing “consistently helpful and comprehensible guidance to pupils”, while inspectors noted that “pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural education is very well provided for.”

The report also found that pupils were making good progress in the early years and were nearly all proficient in phonics (a teaching method used to assist reading) by the end of Year 1. However, Ofsted found there was room for improvement in helping pupils reach higher levels in writing, as they do already in reading and mathematics.

Chair of Governors Andrew Rotenberg said: “Our recent Ofsted inspection report confirms Rosh Pinah’s position as the premier Jewish primary school in the community which is known for its strong leadership and governance, good teaching and excellent integrated secular and modern orthodox Jewish curriculum, top academic results and a high level of pastoral care.”