Manchester and north London schools receive mixed results from Ofsted

The educational standards watchdog has reported varying experiences at four schools


Two independent Charedi schools in Manchester have received glowing reports from Ofsted, being graded as good in all aspects. But there was a more critical assessment of two Orthodox schools in north-west London.

Bnos Yisroel — one of the largest Charedi schools in Salford with more than 600 girls from three to 16 — provided a “high-quality, rounded education”, inspectors reported.

The “impeccably polite” girls were encouraged to “have inquiring minds and become independent thinkers”.

Boys at the secondary Etz Chaim School at the Belmont impressed Ofsted as “keen readers stimulated by the opportunities to read literary classics”.

They spoke “with ease about the values espoused within a democratic and civilised society”, understanding that families in modern Britain may have different set-ups to their own.

Although early years provision at Beis Soroh Schneirer, a primary independent girls’ school in Hendon, was rated good, the school required improvement overall.

“Teaching has not been strong enough to ensure that pupils make sustained progress and achieve to the best of their abilities,” Ofsted reported.

Inspectors noted improvements at Beth Jacob, a secondary girls’ school in Hendon, since it received the lowest inspection grade of inadequate earlier this year.

Girls had “thoroughly enjoyed” learning about Indian culture and Sikhism in one event.

But Ofsted noted that required work schemes for some subjects still needed to be put in place.

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