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Jewish schools top the league tables

    JFS pupils celebrating their results in August
    JFS pupils celebrating their results in August

    Jewish schools have been named as some of the best performing in the country in the Sunday Times’ exam league tables, published this week.

    Hasmonean High School, in Mill Hill, north-west London, was number one in the rankings for non-selective comprehensives.

    The school saw 81.5 per cent of all its A-levels graded A*-B and 60 per cent of its GCSEs graded A* or A.

    Yavneh College in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, was in second place, with 84.6 per cent of its A-levels graded A*-B and 41.7 per cent of its GCSEs graded A* or A.

    Following them in ranking were King David High in Manchester, JFS in Kenton, north-west London, and King David High in Liverpool.

    The schools were all listed among the 500 best-performing state schools in the UK, but came on top when selective comprehensives were removed from the list.

    The Sunday Times wrote: “Jewish faith schools prove that it is possible to score truly glittering exam results with a non-selective intake.”

    Immanuel College in Bushey, Herts, was included in the paper’s table of the 200 top performing independent schools. Just over 84 per cent of Immanuel’s A-levels passes were graded A*-B and 71.5 per cent of its GCSEs graded A* or A.

    Rabbi David Meyer, executive director of the Jewish educational agency PaJeS, praised the results.

    “All of these schools’ achievements convey a clear message as to how a faith school can educate students within a religious framework and at the same time uphold the principles of British values and enthuse students with a passion to succeed and excel in their studies,” he said.

    “As a community, we should be very proud of these achievements and continue to support our schools so that we can help ensure they continue to build on these successes and set the highest standards of excellence.”

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