Family & Education

Charedi girls again top GCSE progress charts

How Jewish schools fared at GCSE in 2019, according to the latest government stats


The official GCSE figures published this month differ little from the provisional results covered by the JC in autumn.

But the leading Jewish school for progress, Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls’ School in Stamford Hill, moved a little higher up the national table.

It is ranked joint 29 out of more than 6,200 English schools with Menorah High School for Girls in Cricklewood joint 56 and Yavneh College joint 105.

The “Progress 8” score, as it is formally known, measures how well pupils did in exams, compared to what wouldhave been predicted when they started school.

A score of 1 means that pupils on average did a whole grade better than might have been expected.

Yesodey Hatorah principal Rabbi Avrohom Pinter said, “We are very pleased and proud that our pupils not only make the most progress of any Jewish schools but also much higher progress than most other schools in the country.”

Two years ago the school was rated inadequate by Ofsted, partly over the censorship of library books.

“Once again our staff and pupils have made Ofsted’s assessment of our school look very questionable, “Rabbi Pinter said. “The data speaks for itself and yet again demonstrates the true value of a Yesodey Hatorah education.”

There are several different markers of a school’s academic achievement.

All but one of the Jewish schools achieved above the national average of pupils gaining a grade 5 pass in English and maths.

While a grade 4 is considered a pass, some universities will only accept a 5.

The latest results again show that girls in Charedi independent schools generally do better in secular exams than boys (not shown in the table).

In Tiferes High School in Hendon, and Beis Chinuch Lebonos in Stamford Hill, 65 per cent of girls gained a grade 5 pass in English and maths, as did 63 per cent in Ateres in Gateshead, 60 per cent in Beis Rochel d’Satmar in Stamford Hill and 52 per cent at Beis Malka in Stamford Hill.

But less than a majority of boys did so at Etz Chaim in Manchester (36 per cent) or Gateshead Jewish Boarding School (32 per cent).

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