Beis Yaakov improving, says Ofsted


A Charedi academy ranked inadequate last year has received encouragement in its efforts to improve.

The state-funded Beis Yaakov High School in Salford was put into special measures after an Ofsted visit seven months ago.

After a follow-up inspection last month, Ofsted told the school’s principal, Rabbi Yochonon Goldblatt, that they had “worked with great determination and speed to make good use of the outcomes of the last inspection”.

A headteacher is being recruited to take responsibility for secular studies, while outside expertise has been called in to help restructure the senior leadership team.

Inspectors had previously criticised the school for not teaching girls enough about other cultures or modern British society.

In its latest report, Ofsted noted that students were “aware of current affairs in Britain and more widely. They learn about democracy, for example, through mock elections”.

It added: “Students are very clear that they bring with them from home and practise in the academy values of mutual respect for all. They learn about strong female role models and articulate their views confidently.”

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