Family & Education

Ofsted says pupils at Sacks Morasha make it a ‘lovely place to be’

Watchdog rates school 'good overall' and 'outstanding' for the personal development of its children


Sacks Morasha has been rated good overall by Ofsted and outstanding for the personal development of pupils.

Inspectors said that children at the Orthodox primary in North Finchley were “happy, kind and work together to make the school ‘a lovely place to be’”.

Headteacher Rachel Barbanel, who arrived a year and a half ago, was “delighted” with the result.

“We have worked hard to achieve a great quality of education and also to create a supportive and nurturing environment which we continue to build,” she said.

Ofsted said that children responded well to the “high aspirations” of leaders of the school, which is part of the United Synagogue-founded Jewish Community Academy Trust.

Pupils worked hard, were confident and articulate and developed a love of learning. “They leave this school with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to succeed in the next stage of their education,” inspectors said.

While Sacks Morasha was “calm and orderly”, it was also a place where children “can have fun”.

Pupils showed “genuine consideration for each other’s wellbeing” and took part in significant charity work. “This is a school where pupils give back to the community”.

Cultural trips enriched its high-quality education, while children learned “what it means to be a good citizen”.

Teachers had good subject knowledge in a “broad and ambitious” programme but the coherence of curriculum in some subjects could be strengthened, Ofsted said.

A high proportion of children with special educational needs accessed the same curriculum as their peers and leaders have ensured they get the help they need.

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