GCSE stars shine positive light on schools

September 1, 2011

There were more success stories from Jewish schools as the GCSE results were announced.

In Borehamwood, 87 per cent of Yavneh College's first group of GCSE candidates achieved five or more A*-C grades. Half of all exam grades were A* and A.

Elkie Ben Hur topped the pile with 10 A* grades and one A.


Elkie's big on Manhattan

By Jennifer Lipman, September 1, 2011

Elkie Ben Hur put her paintbrush down for the summer when she handed in her art GCSE project, but is looking forward to picking it up again when she takes on art A-level.

A pupil at Yavneh College, the Edgware teen impressed the examiners with her distinctive art GCSE, for which she painted a Manhattan skyline on the theme of "similarities and differences".


Joshua is strictly legal

By Jennifer Lipman, September 1, 2011

Immanuel College pupil Joshua Cainer is well on track to studying law at university after achieving nine A* grades and two As in his GCSEs. The Elstree teenager was particularly pleased with his top marks for history and music, subjects he respectively hopes to continue at A-level and as a hobby.


Dunner is off to LA for high school job

By Simon Rocker, September 1, 2011

Saatchi Synagogue founding rabbi Pini Dunner is leaving the UK for a new educational career in the United States.

He has been appointed as the mashgiach ruchani - spiritual supervisor - for the Yeshiva University High School for Boys in Los Angeles.

His brief will be to communicate "the warmth and spirituality of Judaism", which, he said, could be done in many ways.


Teacher with porn career can go back to school

By Jennifer Lipman, August 31, 2011

A teacher who led a double life as a stripper will not be struck off the teaching register.

Benedict Garrett, 31, lost his job as a sex education teacher at Beal High School in Ilford, Essex after pupils found out online about his alter-ego Johnny Anglais, whose work included regular appearances as a naked butler at hen parties and roles in a porn film.


Teacher fired for porn career defends himself in court

By Jennifer Lipman, August 31, 2011

A disciplinary hearing into whether a teacher who led a double life as a stripper should be struck off the teaching register has opened in Birmingham


How to cope with the stress of starting school - if you're a parent

By Sarah Ebner, August 30, 2011

Marc Polivnick is, in his own words, "excited and nervous". He is excited because his daughter, Ariella, who is nearly four, is soon to embark on a new stage in her life. And he is nervous for exactly the same reason. Why? Because Ariella is starting school.


GCSE joy at King David

August 26, 2011

The King David schools in Manchester and Liverpool followed impressive A-level results with a bumper crop of GCSEs.

At Manchester KD, 99 per cent of candidates achieved five grades between A-star to C and there was a 100 per cent pass rate for all subjects for its 118 GCSE students. Seventy-eight per cent of all results were B grade or above.


GCSE results 2011

By Jennifer Lipman, August 25, 2011
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Jewish pupils celebrate top GCSE results

By Jennifer Lipman, August 24, 2011

Jewish pupils have followed last week's impressive A Level results by gaining top scores at GCSE.

At Immanuel College, 54 per cent of exam results were either A* or A, while 90 per cent of them were grade C or above.

The Bushey school also performed well in IGCSE papers, with all of the 19 pupils who sat it in maths gaining at least a B.