Jewish schools celebrate record A-Level results

By Robyn Rosen, August 20, 2009
Hasmonean Girl’s School pupils, Shifra Radomsky, Sara Kandler, Gabriella Sacofsky and Ariella Rubin show off their results

Hasmonean Girl’s School pupils, Shifra Radomsky, Sara Kandler, Gabriella Sacofsky and Ariella Rubin show off their results


Communal secondary schools have reported record-breaking A-level results.

At Immanuel College in Bushey, 67 per cent of A-levels taken by pupils were passed with an A grade, the highest proportion in the school’s history.

Forty-two per cent of A-level students achieved three or more A grades and the numbers of A and B grade passes jumped from 82 per cent to 90 per cent.

For the fourth consecutive year, pupils achieved a 100 per cent pass rate.

Headteacher Philip Skelker said: “I am immensely proud of this splendid set of results, which demonstrates the strength of the Immanuel College sixth-form and the enthusiasm, talent and industry of its students and teachers.”

Manchester’s King David High reported a 100 per cent pass rate with five pupils receiving four A grades, including Sophie Behrman, Daniel Clyne and Daniel Fruhman. A further 13 pupils achieved three A grades, including Oliver Bailey, Jason Cowan and Georgina English.

Governors’ chair Joshua Rowe said: “We have had very good results and the school is delighted. All the children did very well and some have done exceptionally.”

Ten pupils at the Liverpool King David High achieved straight As.

A total of 70 per cent of the 17 A-level pupils at Manchester Mesivta passed with an A or B grade.

Jonathan Spencer-Todd from Dame Alice Owens achieved 5 As

Jonathan Spencer-Todd from Dame Alice Owens achieved 5 As

Joshua Ezekiel was awarded four As in Biology, Chemistry, Pure Maths and Physics and Doniel Wilks received four As in Chemistry, History, Pure Maths and Physics.

Shaul Steinberg, a former pupil who left the school in 1999 after his GCSEs and spent the next nine years in Yeshiva returned this summer to complete his A-levels and was awarded three As.

Headteacher, Phaivish Pink, said: “The results were a result of concentrated study by the pupils and superb tuition from the staff.”

Liverpool’s King David High School reported a 100 per cent pass rate, an improvement on last year. Of the 73 pupils, 60.9 per cent received all A and B grades, almost three per cent higher than the previous year. Elizabeth Holywell and Jennifer French were awarded four As while 9 students, including Olufemi Ayekoloye and Jessica Bennett, received three As.

Hasmonean boys and girls school have also reported an increase in results. Of the 123 pupils who sat their exams, 26 gained straight As.

Executive Headteacher, David Fuller commented, “These excellent results reflect the hard work and commitment of the students, high quality and dedicated staff and the strong partnerships we have with parents and Governors. I thank everyone involved for their contribution.

“Considering that our students are also involved in a wide range of communal activities and raise large sums of money for charity, their results are to be particularly commended.”

Pupils at JFS have achieved the best A-level results in its history, the school has reported.

Of the 226 pupils, 78 achieved three or more A grades. Emily Goldblatt achieved five A grades while six pupils achieved four A grades, including Joshua Bellman, Abie Cohen, and Shelley de Jong.

Headteacher, Jonathan Miller, said he was “delighted and proud of the hard work and commitment of our students who have secured such fantastic outcomes.

“Results of this calibre also owe much to excellent and highly focused teaching, our outstanding home –school relationships and the caring guidance and support every student receives.”

And Jewish students at mainstream schools have also excelled in their exam results. Dame Alice Owen’s pupil, Jonathan Spencer-Todd, achieved 5 As in Chemistry, Biology, Maths, French and German as well as two distinctions at the Advanced Extension Awards for Biology and Chemistry. “It feels amazing,” he said.

Headteachers have defended the standard of the exams amid the perennial claims that they are getting easier, pointing out that pupils were having to work ever harder to get into the universities of their choice.

“A-level courses continue to demand a great deal of dedication and thoughtful hard work from our sixth-form students,” Mr Skelker maintained.

And Liverpool King David head Brigit Smith reported that “universities are being more selective with their students”.

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Last updated: 2:26pm, August 21 2009