Rosh Pinah Primary School in Edgware has been rated good for Jewish studies by Pikuach, the Board of Deputies-run inspection service.
The modern Orthodox primary enabled most pupils to achieve their potential in Jewish education and standards had improved since the previous inspection five years ago.
The overall effectiveness of Jewish studies and the spiritual development of pupils was judged outstanding.
Teachers’ enthusiasm and passion rubbed off on children. “My son wants to make kiddush by himself on Friday night,” one parent reported.
But while Hebrew reading was generally good, some classes needed more reading lessons. Pupils had made less progress in the final year — which was “due to staff changes”.
Pikuach noted the positive impact of the Jewish Curriculum Partnership’s Chumash course and was impressed by the use of technology, highlighting one task where pupils had to use QR (digital) codes to answer questions on festivals.
Another class was praised for making links between Tu Bishvat, the environment and personal spirituality. “Just as a tree grows, so too a person should grow spiritually,” children learned.