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Birmingham school praised for inclusivity

King David Primary whose pupils mostly come from other faiths is praised for its caring approach


Birmingham’s only Jewish school has been praised by Ofsted for its approach to children from other faiths.

King David Primary, which has a non-Jewish majority, retained its status as a good school after its first inspection for five years.

Ofsted said its Jewish ethos “forms a platform from which all pupils, regardless of their faith, appreciated the need to be caring, responsible members of the school and wider community and share fundamental British values”.

One parent quoted by inspectors said the primary was a “beacon of how inclusive, progressive and caring a school can be”.

The inspection service said headteacher Stephen Langford’s “commitment to high standards is well understood and shared by staff at all levels”.

Along with the praise, it also recorded that attendance last year was below the national average, as was the proportion of children achieving “a good level of development” by the end of reception.

Ofsted recognised that a high proportion of children entered nursery and reception with knowledge and skills “below those expected for their age”. 

But it also noted the deputy headteacher’s efforts to address this, adding that “current records indicate significant improvement in disadvantaged pupils’ progress”.

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