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Six Jewish entries in the comprehensive top 20

Yavneh rated second best comprehensive in England in annual Sunday Times guide


Yavneh College has been rated by the Sunday Times as the second best comprehensive school in England with another five Jewish schools listed among the top 20.

The cross-communal JCoSS in East Barnet was named by the paper in its annual Parent Power guide as school of the year for Greater London and ranked as the top non-selective school in the capital.

In this summer’s exams, 80.3 per cent of pupils at Borehamwood-based Yavneh achieved A* to B grades at A-level and 46.4 per cent grades 9,8, 7, A* or A at GCSE.

For JCoSS, the figures were 77.1 per cent for the A-level measure and 49.5 per cent at GCSE.

JFS in Kenton was close behind as the fifth best-performing comprehensive with 76.4 per cent at A-level and 48 per cent at GCSE.

Hasmonean High School for Boys in Hendon was eighth with 70.3 per cent at A-level and 54.6 per cent at GCSE, King David High School Manchester in 12th place with 72.3 per cent at A-level and 45.7 per cent at GCSE and Hasmonean Girls in Mill Hill 14th with 68.1 per cent at A-level and 52.3 per cent GCSE.

(Hasmonean Boys and Girls formally divided into two schools earlier this year).

Immanuel College in Bushey was ranked joint 73 in the top 375 independent schools with 89 per cent at A-level and 70.9 per cent at GCSE.

Spencer Lewis, Yavneh’s executive head, was “absolutely thrilled that our pupils have once again performed so incredibly well in comparison to all their peers across the entire country.

“To be placed as second highest-performing school in the UK… makes us all incredibly proud.”

Patrick Moriarty, JCoSS headteacher, told the parents that the overwhelming majority of the 2,000 schools listed by the guide or named as regional schools of the year were “academically selective. Our position as an all-ability school committed to inclusion is therefore even more exceptional.”

The school’s main aim was “building accomplished mensches,” he said. “We value the development of character and integrity higher than raw academic grades. Nevertheless, it is wonderful to see that strategy bearing fruit in other measures.”

Barnaby Nemko, deputy head at Immanuel, voiced pride in students and teachers “for the exceptional performance in the summer 2019 examinations. This saw us rise a phenomenal 108 places in the Sunday Times Parent Power league table.”

Alongside this summer’s outstanding inspection report, he said, “the future is bright at Immanuel”.

Among the top 500 state primaries, Menorah in Golders Green was the highest ranked Jewish school at 145.

The table was based on last year’s Sats for maths, reading and grammar, in which Menorah achieved a score of 333.

Although Hendon’s Independent Jewish Day School scored just three points fewer than Menorah, it was well down the table at joint 432.


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