Family & Education

It's another glorious year for the A-level go-getters


Jewish schools have maintained their academic momentum with another set of A-level results to delight pupils, parents and teachers.

Yavneh College will be sending a record eight students to Oxford and Cambridge- nearly 10 per cent of its sixth form - while JFS went one better than its previous Oxbridge best with 17.

Hollie Berman, from Bushey, who is off to Cambridge to study English after gaining two A* grades in history and art and an A in English at Yavneh, said, after opening her envelope last Thursday, "I don't really believe that it's actually happened."

Other top performers at the Hertfordshire school included Adam Steinberg with 4 A*s; Elliot Goldberg 3 A*s and an A; Oliver Boyne and Zac Galibov with 3 A*s apiece; and Daniel Braun, Adam Freedman, Gilad Gur-Harosh, Luke Levy, Joe Massias, Josh Newington, Gideon Rudolph, Josh Tray and Leah Winton, each landing two A*s and an A.

Nearly half - 49 per cent - of Yavneh's A-levels were at A grade or above. Rebecca Seamark, head of its sixth form, said the results were "a testament to the hard work the students put into their studies - and also the exceptional teaching staff we have".

High fliers at JFS included Daniel Marchant and Joseph Moss with 4 A*s; Zohar Mendzelvski-Steinberg with 3A*s and an A; Rachel Rubinsohn and Zachary Bevan each with 3A*s; and Boaz Francis and Eytan Merkier, each with 2A*s and 2As .

The school increased its proportion of A* to B grades from 77 per cent last year to 81 per cent this year. It was also pleased by the outcome of its vocational programmes with all achieving A*s or As in Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education courses and 80 per cent of those who opted for the new Hospitality and Catering course gaining a double distinction.

Hasmonean High School maintained its success in achieving more than 40 per cent of its grades at A or above for the past 10 years, with 41 per cent this year.

Its brightest exam sparks were Joel Lefkowitz with four A*S and an A: Ariel Chazan, four A*s and a B: Elisheva Greenberg, 2A*s and 2As: Deena Sinclair and Leah Ezekiel, 2A*s and an A each.

Joshua Rowe, the chairman of King David High School in Manchester, saluted another crop of "excellent" results with 80 per cent of grades at B or above.

Dana Kirsh and Matthew Demby each achieved four A*s: Samuel Pliener and Joel Levy 3A*s each; and Danielle Crawshaw, Natasha Jacobs and Moses Makin each with 2A*s and an A.

In the year below, Mr Rowe said "Our most outstanding student is Ryan Grossman, who despite his medical condition and spending many months in hospital achieved 5As at A-S level."

At Kantor King Solomon High School in Essex, headteacher Matthew Slater paid tribute to the "hard work, dedication and commitment of our students" with more than three-quarters of grades attained at A* to C.

Two sixth-formers are heading for medical school with former Clore Tikva Primary school pupil Megan Burack having earned an A* in biology, A in chemistry and A in maths.

Immanuel College in Bushey enjoyed its best year yet, measured in terms of the number of grades at A or above, with 70 per cent. Headteacher Charles Dormer was "very proud" of Jack Johnson who scooped A*s in art and photography as well as an A in media studies.

The college's four art students recorded a clean sweep of A*s.

Jamie Saleh, Taryn Melnick and Simon Fattal topped the Immanuel table each with 2A*s and 2As, while Jonathan Gutmann, Louis Lederman, Bertie Green and Natanel Rubin all had 2A*S and an A.

The first full JCoSS sixth form will not sit A-levels until next year but "far exceeded expectations" in their A-S levels this year, said headteacher Patrick Moriarty.

Its small A-level group of 23 students, who joined the cross-communal comprehensive from other schools, performed well with 38 per cent of grades at A or above and two-thirds at B or above. Head boy Aaron Spalter reaped two A*s and an A.

The strength of the Jewish school sector was illustrated with a Daily Telegraph table of 320 state schools (around 10 per cent of the total in the UK) featuring some of the top schools.

In the Telegraph, JFS was the top-ranked non-selective school at 38 with 81 per cent of grades from A* to B: Yavneh, at 44 with 80 per cent; King David Manchester, 49, at 79.5 per cent and Hasmonean, 67, at 76 per cent.

Elsewhere, Sophie Berson left the Grammar School at Leeds with 3A*s while her peers Jamie Finfer and Daniel Green each with two A*s and an A. In Bournemouth, Talia Glazer secured two As and an A* and a place at Lincoln College, Oxford.

At Haberdashers' Aske's in Elstree, Jordan Bernstein, the chairman of the Jewish society, will be studying law at Oxford after gaining two A*s and a A. He said he was "really happy, particularly with obtaining full marks in English".

Fellow Habs pupil Aaron Gelfand was "ecstatic" with 3A*s.

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