Akiva primary school doubles up
Staff and pupils at Akiva School are celebrating securing two positive reports from education regulators.
Ofsted, the schools’ inspector, found that Akiva was a “good” school, in a report that praised both the school’s teaching and the spiritual and social development of its pupils.
At the same time, the voluntary-aided primary state school was rated “outstanding” by Pikuach, the national inspector for Jewish education, for the “exceptional progress” in children’s learning about Judaism.
Headteacher Susy Stone said: “Our school has nearly doubled in size since the last inspections, so we are delighted that Ofsted reported that the standard of teaching at Akiva is continuing to improve. The Pikuach report is a tribute to the creativity that has gone into our curriculum.”
Ofsted recommended that, to become an outstanding school, the quality of teaching for the 420-pupil Finchley school needed to be “consistently high enough to ensure that all pupils make outstanding progress”.
Jon Epstein, chair of governors, said: “Akiva is unique for the way it innovates in both secular and Jewish education. Pikuach said our children are eager to learn and make great progress.”