Jewish schools have once again excelled in national progress tables released by the Department for Education, with Yavneh College in Borehamwood and a Charedi girls’ school in Barnet among the best in the country.
The rankings look at students’ progress at both GCSE and A-level, comparing the grades achieved to the grades predicted, with 95 percent of girls at Menorah High achieving a Grade 5 or above in English and Maths.
Other Jewish schools to register impressive positions in the national progress tables include Beis Yaakov Girls’ School in Salford, Yesodey Hatorah Girls’ School in Stamford Hill, and JFS in Kenton.
Hasmonean, King David in Liverpool, Lubavitch in Hackney, JCoSS in Barnet, King David in Manchester and Kantor King Solomon in Redbridge also achieved “above average” scores for GCSE progress.
It has been an exception 12 months for Yavneh, after the Jewish college was named the UK’s best performing non-selective state school in this year’s annual Parent Power List based on both GCSE and A-Level results.
Progress 8 scores are a relatively new way of measuring pupils’ progress across eight subjects from age 11 to 16. It is reached by subtracting the pupil’s actual Attainment 8 score with their expected Attainment 8 score.
The eight subjects include maths and English, plus three Baccalaureate subjects such as science, computer science, languages, geography or history, plus three other approved subjects, which can include Hebrew.
Scores are compared to pupils around the country with “similar academic starting positions” and the Government says schools scoring 0.5 or greater are making “well-above average progress with its pupils”.
The success of Charedi schools in the latest tables is likely to be mentioned in forthcoming meetings between community representatives and Ofsted, the national inspectorate with whom they are still at-war over downgrades resulting from Charedi schools’ approach to protected characteristics, sex education and careers advice.