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Broughton Jewish's 'polite and sensible' pupils earn a good report from Ofsted

The Salford school passes its latest inspection with aplomb


Ofsted has delivered a ringing endorsement of Broughton Jewish Cassel Fox Primary in Salford, which retained its ranking as a good school after its first inspection in six years.

Pupils at the Orthodox academy were “polite and sensible,” fulfilling the high expectations of behaviour set by the leadership and were “well prepared to become active, contributing, thoughtful adult members of modern society”, the inspectors said.

Several pupils were “trained anti-bullying ambassadors and hold important roles at the school”.

Staff skilfully used the curriculum to meet pupils’ needs including those with special needs, while leaders strove to link secular and Jewish learning “in meaningful ways”.

Pupils learned about Britain’s cultural heritage, including artists and Shakespeare, and recognised the achievements of famous Jewish and non-Jewish men and women in history.

Inspectors also commented on the children learning about animals at risk of extinction as well as about organisations that work to protect nature,

Most pupils read “fluently and accurately”, while governors had invested in a new phonics programme. “Staff support the weakest readers effectively to catch up with their peers.”

David Bondt, chair of governors, said, “We are very proud of the outcome of the report. It clearly shows how well the school has developed the integration between educating children in accordance with Torah values and preparing them for life in modern Britain.

"We were so pleased that Ofsted were able to see the essence of the school. The inspectors commented to me on the calmness and happiness of the children, something they said they had rarely seen. We think this reflects the wholistic approach to education and wellbeing at Broughton Jewish."

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