Jewish pupils celebrate top GCSE results

By Jennifer Lipman, August 24, 2011
Bianca Graham

Bianca Graham

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.

Among the Immanuel pupils celebrating were Raz Benson, who took home 11 A* grades, and Joshua Cainer and Hilary Warrens, with 18 A* grades and 3 A grades between them.

"These immensely creditable results explain Immanuel College's continuing success in preparing its pupils for their chosen universities," said headmaster Philip Skelker.

At Gateways School in Leeds, Jewish pupils Eva Schiffeldrin, Bianca Graham and Ilana Mann all passed nine GCSEs, with Eva gaining eight A* grades and an A.

"We are delighted that at Gateways we have had another year of excellent GCSE results," said headmistress Yvonne Wilkinson.

"We congratulate Eva, Ilana and Bianca on their achievements. "Girls' only high schools provide an environment in which girls confidently focus on their academic performance – these results prove it."

At Yavneh college, where GCSEs were sat for the first time this year, Year 11 pupils excelled with 87 per cent gaining a grade C or above in at least five subjects. Half of all grades awarded were either A or A8, with pupil Elkie Ben Hur achieving 10 A* grades and 1A.

Headteacher Dr Dena Coleman said the yeargroup had far exceeded what standardised tests predicted they would when they started secondary school.

"These results place us amongst the top-performing schools in the country," she said. "It's a remarkable outcome and a testament to the excellence of the teaching at Yavneh College. I am absolutely delighted for the pupils."

Hasmonean pupil Gabriella Steuer saw her hard work pay off after gaining a straight run of 13 A* grades. Other success stories at the school included David Ullmann, with 9A* and three A grades, and Ayelet Persey who scored A* in ten of her 12 subjects.

At the school, 55 per cent of the grades awarded were A or A*, while 90 per cent of exams were passed with a C grade or above.

Head teacher Rachel Fink expressed delight at results that reflected "the hard work, effort and commitment of both students and staff".

"We are very proud of our students who have achieved above and beyond expectation according to entry level data," she said.

Jewish pupils at the Grammar School at Leeds were also celebrating a successful year, with both Sophie Kay and Isabel Kempner achieving 9 A* grades and an A each. Their top marks came as the school gained its best ever set of GCSE results.

King Solomon High School also acheived its best ever set of results, with 88 per cent gaining a C or above and 15 studnets taking home straight A or A* grades.

Katie Schwarzmann of North London Collegiate gained 11 A* grades.

Last updated: 10:48am, August 29 2011