Chasidic school rated inadequate by Ofsted after dropping English and maths

Yeshivah Ohr Torah also found to be in breach of its pupil capacity


A small Chasidic secondary school in Salford which offers only a religious curriculum and dropped the teaching of English and maths has been rated inadequate by Ofsted in all categories.

The independent Yeshivah Ohr Torah was also reported to be in breach of its registered limit of 39 pupils since it had 59 boys from 11 to 16 on its roll.

Ofsted said the school - rated good in its last inspection in 2014 -  has not taught English and maths for two years following consultation with parents.

But parents could choose to withdraw children from Jewish studies to have tutoring in English and maths in what inspectors described as a “flexi-schooling” arrangement.

Aspects of secular subjects such as history and geography were introduced only when relevant to religious studies and boys did not achieve any recognised qualifications at school.

Parents were “highly supportive” of the school’s education, Ofsted said, but inspectors were unable to speak with pupils “because their parents had withdrawn consent”.

The school’s leaders had not encouraged pupils to respect all people protected under the Equality Act, “such as in relation to their sexual orientation or gender reassignment”, or promoted understanding of other faiths and beliefs. 

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