Nancy Reuben, the independent Sephardi primary school in Hendon, has bounced back after a critical inspection report three years ago. After a return visit, Ofsted has now classified it as a “good school”.
The positive appraisal follows the arrival of new leadership with headteacher Anthony Wolfson joining in April, followed by deputy Shelley Cohen this term.
Mr Wolfson said it was “a really great result for the school. The rapid improvement and turnaround in such a very short space of time is credit to the staff, the children and the governing body.”
Ofsted said the head, ably supported by his deputy, had “worked effectively with leaders, staff and parents to bring about rapid improvements. As a result, all of the independent school standards are met and the school is improving.”
A broad and balanced curriculum “engages pupils and captures their interest”, while Jewish studies was “strong”, Ofsted reported.
Most pupils at the school – which charges fees of £4,260 – exceeded expectations for their age group in national English and maths tests, while “pupils benefit greatly from specialist teaching in subjects such as physical education, art, music and Hebrew to strengthen their understanding”.
Feedback from parents indicated most felt their children were “taught well”.
But inspectors said early years provision still required improvement.