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Akiva tops the Jewish SATs table

The Progressive primary remains at the head of the pack in first test results published for four years


Class act: Akiva, 2018

Akiva has retained its position at the top of the state-aided Jewish primary school table, according to the first figures published by the Department for Education since pre-lockdown in 2019.

The Progressive school in Finchley had the highest proportion of pupils who achieved the expected national standards in reading, writing and maths in their Sats test this year. Brodetsky Primary in Leeds was the other Jewish school with 90 per cent. The vast majority of Jewish schools scored above the national percentage in England of 60 per cent.

Over a third of children at Akiva — 37 per cent — achieved the higher level, compared to a national average of eight per cent. Its overall average reading score of 113 placed it joint 25th in the country out of more than 22,000 primaries and its maths score of 112 joint 28th.

A strictly Orthodox boys school in Manchester, Yesoiday Hatorah, was rated “well above average” by the Department for Education in all three areas of reading, writing and maths.

Six schools were rated “well above average” for two out of three areas - Akiva, Alma, Brodetsky, Hasmonean Primary, Shalom Noam and Sacks Morasha.

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