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Two Jewish schools ranked in Sunday Times top 100 primaries

Faith schools form nearly half of top 100 entries according to last year's Sats


Two Jewish schools have been listed in the top 100 state-aided primaries in England, in table produced by this week's Sunday Times table.

The Independent Jewish Day School was the highest placed Jewish school in joint 71st position, while Akiva in Finchley ranked joint 85.

Mathilda Marks-Kennedy Jewish Primary was just outside the top 100 at 113.

IJDS children last year scored 335 in their Standard Attainment Tests last year for maths, grammar and reading, which are taken by children in year six; while Akiva and Mathilda Marks both 334 (Akiva, which is a larger school, was ranked higher as more pupils achieved the school average).

The top primary in the country posted a score of 345. The average for English schools was 314.

Two other Jewish schools made the paper’s top 500 - Menorah Primary in Golders Green at joint 306 and Rosh Pinah in Edgware at 311, both with scores of 330.

According to the Sunday Times, 48 of the top 100 primaries ranked by Sats were faith schools – 25 Catholic, 19 Church of England, two Jewish, one Muslim and one Hindu. Religious schools make up around 37 per cent of all primaries in England.

In the paper’s list of top 50 preparatory schools, a strictly Orthodox school, Oholei Yosef Yitzchok Lubavitch in Salford ranked 41 with a Sats score of 325. (Private schools are not required to take Sats and many do not use them.)

* Nick Gibbs, the Minister for School Standards, has congratulated Sinai Primary in Kingsbury for coming in the top three per cent of schools nationally for phonics. 

The school’s performance - with 99 per cent of pupils achieving or exceeding the  national pass rate - gave them a foundation to read fluently and develop a “lifelong love of reading,” he wrote.

Phonics are checked by teachers in year one, when children are aged six.

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