Education

A*-grade for girl of 12 taught by her father

By Marcus Dysch, August 28, 2008

Among the Jewish students excelling at mainstream schools was 12-year-old Alexandra Evans.

Her A*-grade in maths saw her become one of the youngest pupils in the country to pass a GCSE. Tutored by her father, maths teacher Richard Evans, she started work on the course two years ago and followed in the footsteps of her brother, Jamie, who achieved the same grade at the same age in 2006.

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GCSE grades again break records

By Marcus Dysch, August 28, 2008

Students at Jewish schools across the country have again achieved record-breaking GCSE results.
The majority achieved a 100 per cent pass rate, bettering the national average of 98 per cent.

Pupils at Hasmonean High School in North-West London achieved the school's best-ever results, 94 per cent gaining five or more A*- to C-grades.

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Orthodox paying students to learn

By Simon Rocker, August 28, 2008

Orthodox outreach organisations in the UK are offering financial incentives to attract students.

The Jewish Learning Exchange has plans to expand a leadership-training programme for students which has previously offered £300 for attendance.

Another educational organisation, Seed, is running courses for parents of Jewish day-school pupils with apparent offers to pay £250 towards the cost of their children's Jewish studies.

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Students across the country achieve record-breaking GCSE results

By Marcus Dysch, August 26, 2008
Students at Jewish schools across the country have again achieved record-breaking GCSE results.

The majority achieved a 100 per cent pass rate, bettering the national average of 98 per cent.

Pupils at Hasmonean High School in North West London achieved the school's best ever results, with 94 per cent gaining five or more A* to C-grades.

Among the most outstanding achievements was Rebecca Sassoon's 13 A* grades. She was one of 39 students who each received at least 10 A* and A-grades.

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Headteachers delighted with a 'stunning' set of GCSE results

By Dana Gloger, August 21, 2008

The community's schools this week reported another impressive set of GCSE results, with three schools which released their results early to the JC achieving an overall pass rate of 100 per cent.

As well as a 100 per cent pass rate, pupils at Manchester's King David High School achieved 78 per cent of its passes at grades A* to B.

Joshua Rowe, chair of governors, said he was delighted with the results.

"They are outstanding. I never know what to expect when the results come out and these are stunning results.

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Celebrations as six schools achieve 100 per cent pass rates in A-levels

By Craig Silver, August 21, 2008

Jewish schools across the country are again celebrating spectacular A-level results with six schools achieving a 100 per cent overall pass rate.

Hasmonean School in North-West London, which was one of those recording a 100 per cent overall pass rate, also achieved a 77 per cent pass rate at A- and B-grades.

Among their outstanding pupils are Anne Guetta and Gabriella Lebrecht, who both achieved five A-grades. Anne has been offered a place at Cambridge to study land economy and Gabriella is to study maths at Imperial College, London.

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Stars shine through in mainstream schools

By Craig Silver, August 21, 2008

Jewish students at mainstream schools around the country also produced outstanding results in their A levels.

Shaun and Ollie Newton, who attend Merchant Taylors' School for Boys in Northwood, Middlesex, both achieved A-level marks for fine art that put them in the top five in the UK.

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Ofsted critical of Charedi teachers’ secular lessons

By Simon Rocker, August 21, 2008

More than a third of the strictly Orthodox independent schools which have been inspected this year have been criticised for the quality of their secular education.

In five out of 14 independent Charedi schools so far examined in 2008, Ofsted inspectors have said the secular curriculum lacks breadth or is inadequate.

Although independent schools - unlike state schools - do not have to teach the national curriculum, a change in the law five years ago has brought them under closer government scrutiny.

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Jewish schools celebrate excellent A-level results

By Leon Symons, August 14, 2008

Jewish secondary schools and students were yesterday celebrating another outstanding set of A-level results.

The private Immanuel College achieved a 100 per cent pass rate for the third year running, with 50 per cent at A grade and 82 per cent at grades A and B.

The proportion of A-level examinations passed at the grades required to gain admission to sought-after courses at the best universities has risen to 82 per cent, the highest score in Immanuel's history.

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Ban Kabbalah access to schools, Balls told

By Leon Symons, August 14, 2008

An Orthodox rabbi who has campaigned against a children's organisation run by the Kabbalah Centre has called on the government department responsible for education to "pull the plug" on its access to schools.

Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet, minister of Mill Hill United Synagogue, wrote privately to Children, Schools and Families secretary Ed Balls after it was revealed in June that Spirituality For Kids (SFK) - an offshoot of the Kabbalah Centre - had been holding lessons in six schools in the London boroughs of Westminster and Tower Hamlets.

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