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Menorah Grammar gets blessing from Ofsted

Pupils at strictly Orthodox school achieve good results despite sitting exams a year early

    One of London’s oldest Charedi independent schools has been rated good in every aspect by Ofsted three years after being classified as inadequate by inspectors.

    The “drive and vision” of headteacher Neil Moir and the senior leadership had produced a “positive impact” on boys at Menorah Grammar School in Edgware.

    Pupils enjoyed the “cut-and-thrust of debate” and achieved high standards in GCSE and A-level exams despite sitting them a year early. 

    “While this provides less time for the curriculum to be taught, it does not adversely affect pupils’ achievements,” Ofsted concluded.

    The 258 boys include 35 with special educational needs or learning disabilities, who are effectively supported by Menorah’s Darchei Noam centre and make “significant gains in their academic and personal achievements”.

    While the curriculum was deemed not as broad as it could be, the school’s leaders aimed to include subjects such as art, design and technology.

    “Pupils show great respect towards others, regardless of faith, life-style or sexual orientation,” Ofsted said. “However, pupils’ understanding of religious traditions other than Judaism is sketchy.” 

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