What a result! Jewish students celebrate GCSE success

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

What a result! Jewish students celebrate GCSE success

Yavneh College students celebrate their GCSE results in 2015! (Photo credit Marc Morris)
Yavneh College students celebrate their GCSE results in 2015! (Photo credit Marc Morris)
Yavneh College students celebrate their amazing results! (Photo credit Marc Morris)
Yavneh College students celebrate their amazing results! (Photo credit Marc Morris)

Report by James Graham

Jewish schools around the country have been celebrating another year of successful of GCSE results.

Nervous year 11 students from Yavneh College, JFS, JCoSS, Hasmonean, Immanuel College and King Solomon collected their grades on Thursday.

Yavneh College saw 41 percent of its students get A*/A grades with 85 percent getting A*-C.

Spencer Lewis, Headteacher of Yavneh College, said “These grades are down to a lot of hard work and there is so much to be really proud of. Our GCSE results together with last week’s incredible A Level results go a long way in showing why Yavneh College is such an outstanding school.”

They had 3 sets of twins collecting GCSE results today, including Sophie and Georgia Kennedy who are also celebrating their birthday. The girls’ mother was “shocked and very proud” of her daughters who are “very hard workers.”

Ethan and Zack Alexander, another set of twins, did “better than expected” and are “overall very happy.” The boys are very competitive with each other and are both looking forward to studying maths, further maths, chemistry and physics before studying Mechanical Engineering.

Other high achievers include Aliza Cohen (6A*, 2A and 2B) and Jemma Jacobs (7A* 2A 1B). They are “relieved and feeling over the moon.” They were “happy with how exams went” but they never expected to have done so well.

Immanuel College in Bushey also had record-breaking results with 84 percent of grades at A* to B grades.

Headteacher, Charles Dormer, has wished “congratulations and mazeltov to our students, and to all their friends and peers who have worked so hard!”. 

King Solomon High School saw 60 percent of students receive A* to C grades. The school said they were “pleased to announce an eight percent increase in the number of students achieving at least five A* to C grades.” Daniel Lewish-Green and Megan Ward are two of the high achievers, who achieved 18 A*s between them. 

Elsewhere, Jonathan Miller – Headteacher of JFS – praised the “dedication, hard work and determination” of his students after results showed nearly 50 percent  of all GCSE entries being at either A* or A grade. He said they “truly deserve the excellent grades they have achieved in this Summer’s exams.”

Lili Balkin, JFS, 10A*s
All smiles from Lili Balkin, JFS, with 10A*s

Outstanding performers from JFS include Jacob Arbeid and Raphael Korber-Hoffman who both achieved 12 A*s.

The inaugural set of GCSE results from JCoSS 86 percent of grades between A* – C grade. Patrick Moriarty, headteacher at JCoSS is “delighted that so much hard work and dedication from students and staff alike has resulted in a magnificent first set of GCSE results. History has certainly been made.”

JCoSS’ high performers include Joel Avigdor (12A*), Nikita Ostrovsky (11A*) and Harley Benson (10A*)

For the fifth year in a row Hasmonean High School have had results of over 50 percent  at A* or A. This year’s figure of 59 percent  represents their best figures to date. The Executive Headteacher, Mr Andrew McClusky, said “Once again, Hasmonean has a great deal to celebrate. Congratulations to all of our students who achieved their target grades and to the staff who worked so hard to enable them to do so.”

Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

Unlike other Jewish media, we do not charge for content. That won’t change. Because we are free, we rely on advertising to cover our costs. This vital lifeline, which has dropped in recent years, has fallen further due to coronavirus.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...


Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.


There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.


In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.


Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish Newsalso produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.

read more: