Family & Education

Second Chasidic school in a week achieves good Ofsted

Beis Malka School for girls in Stamford Hill is praised for its ambitious curriculum


An independent Charedi school has earned a good rating from Ofsted, for the second time within a week.

After the success of Talmud Torah Tiferes Shlomo school for boys in Hendon, Beis Malka for girls in Stamford Hill has retained its good status from three years ago.

While most of Beis Malka’s 583 girls aged from two to 16 started school speaking only Yiddish, they “got better and better” at English as they moved through the school, reflecting the emphasis on “teaching pupils to read English fluently,” Ofsted noted.

The ambitious and well-planned curriculum, which included science, history and geography, enabled pupils to reach “high standards” at GCSE.

Visits to the Royal Courts and Parliament helped promote British values, while a drama production achieved “impressive” results.

Ofsted noted that the school - which is associated with the Belz Chasidim - was taking more pupils than its official maximum of 500.

But there was less happy news for another Stamford Hill school, the Wiznitz Cheder for boys from two to 13.

Its latest visit was the “fifth consecutive inspection in which leaders have failed to ensure compliance with all the independent school standards,” Ofsted said.

Its English teaching, while improving, was “still not good enough”.

It also failed to comply with equality requirements, Ofsted found, because its leadership was clear that “making pupils aware of sexual orientation and gender reassignment in year seven goes against the school’s Orthodox Jewish ethos”.

Ofsted also found an “unclean shower and toilet facilities and a cluttered medical room”, and said electrical devices such as heaters had not been checked by a qualified professional for some years.

Although vetting of staff and proprietors was being carried out, this was not always being properly recorded on the central register.


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