Jewish primary schools top league tables

By Sandy Rashty and Jonathan Kalmus, December 19, 2013

Jewish primary schools scored highly in the Department for Education’s annual league tables.

The top five Jewish schools, calculated by average points scored, were: North Cheshire Jewish Primary, which ranked among the top 20 primaries in the country based on SATs exams of pupils, the Independent Jewish Day School, Akiva, Manchester’s King David and Liverpool’s King David.

Hendon MP Matthew Offord led an assembly at the Independent school, congratulating staff and students on coming out on top in Barnet. The school, ranked 31st in the country, was described as “a success” by acting headteacher Rabbi Cobi Ebrahimoff. He said the result came down to the school’s “creative” cross-curriculum and faith school-style inclusion of religious education with secular studies.

Akiva and Menorah also featured on the list of top 10 performing schools in Barnet, respectively coming in fourth and eighth place. Akiva headteacher Susy Stone described the results — with a 98 per cent Level 4 pass rate, up on the 93 per cent last year — as “exceptional”.

The North West London Jewish Day school ranked seventh in Brent. In Redbridge, Clore Tikva was ranked third with 35 per cent at higher level. Head Lena Rosenberg said: “We now have parents’ meetings in February instead of June. It gives an early chance to tell parents how the children are doing.”

King David in Manchester ranked top for the highest number of pupils, with 98 per cent achieving advanced levels of reading and mathematics among the city’s primaries. Governors’ chair Stephen Verber said the school was proud of a “huge achievement”.

Liverpool’s King David saw a rise in pupils attaining high levels, jumping from 88 per cent in 2012 to 98 per cent, to beat off competition from the city’s 160 schools. Governors’ chair Lauren Lesin-Davis said this was “due to continually looking at areas of improvement” .

Last updated: 12:36pm, December 19 2013