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Akiva takes top slot in 2019 Jewish Sats table

Most Jewish primaries perform above average in annual tests


Jewish state-aided primary schools have again excelled in this year’s Sats with the vast majority doing better than the national average.

In 31 of the 35 Jewish schools, more children reached the expected level for their age in reading, writing and maths than the average of 65 per cent for England as a whole.

Jewish pupils overall were the best-performing faith group according to the Department for Education with 78 per cent reaching the expected level.

Nearly a fifth of Jewish school pupils, 19 per cent, reached the higher level of attainment in the summer tests — compared to 11 per cent nationally.

(Tests in grammar, punctuation and spelling are not included for the overall benchmark for English and maths.)

Claire Silver, Akiva's new headteacher, said, "The results are fantastic and we are incredibly proud of the pupils. The success of our year six is a result of the quality of the teaching and curriculum in every year of the school and because pupils at Akiva are challenged and the staff have high expectations of them."

Rimon in Golders Green made its debut in the league tables this year, achieving ninth slot in the Jewish league — which is based on the percentage of children reaching the expected level of attainment, and where this was tied, on children reaching the higher level.

The Independent Jewish Day School in Hendon and Bury and Whitefield Primary in Manchester both gained “well above average” ratings for progress in both reading and maths. Well above average puts them in the top 10 per cent of schools nationally for progress, which measures how far children have come academically between years two and six.

Rimon, Menorah in Golders Green, Hasmonean in Hendon, Torah Temimah in Dollis Hill and Lubavitch Girls in Stamford Hill also gained “well above average” progress ratings for reading — while Simon Marks in Stoke Newington did so in maths.

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