It was a morning of tears, hugs and heavy sighs of relief on Thursday, as Jewish students celebrated their stellar A-Level results.
JFS in Kenton, north west London, reported an “outstanding” year, with a record number of A*s and As achieved. Almost 50 per cent of all results were either A* or A, while 70 students out of 258 got at least an A in all three A-Levels.
The school had an overall pass rate of 99.7 per cent, and saw 10 of its students secure places at either Oxford or Cambridge.
All 15 students who sat the CACHE Diploma course – equivalent to three A-Levels – achieved the highest result possible, a triple A grade.
“We are immensely proud of all our students who achieved record breaking results this year,” said JFS headteacher Jonathan Miller. “We pass on our heartiest congratulations to all the students, their parents and our staff.”
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Yavneh College in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, also celebrated another successful year, with headteacher Spencer Lewis adding he was “delighted with the results”.
Ninety-four per cent of students received a grade C or above, while 84 per cent of results were either A*, A or B. Two pupils won places at Cambridge, while another two secured spots to study medicine.
“This is a result of a lot of hard work on the part of pupils and expert, dedicated teaching on the part of our very high calibre staff,” Mr Lewis added.
In Manchester, King David High School reported "excellent results".
The school, which is made up of three campuses, King David, Yavneh Yeshiva and Yavneh Girls, had a pass rate of 99.2 per cent, with 79 per cent of all grades being A*, A or B.
Chairman of the school Joshua Rowe said: "We are delighted for the students and the teachers who worked so hard to achieve this."
Meanwhile, Hasmonean High School in Hendon reported a record level of A* and A results. More than 25 per cent of the school's 114 students achieved three A grades or higher. Pupils are now headed to Cambridge, medical school, dental school, as well as UCL, King's College London and Queen Mary, among other leading universities.
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Andrew McClusky, Hasmonean's executive headteacher, said he was "delighted" by the results.
"They are a testament to the tenacity and determination of our students and the calibre of our teachers. I am proud to lead a school which achieves such exceptional academic results and which manages to achieve so much more as well - instilling the best attitudes and values within students comes first and foremost at Hasmonean."
King Solomon High School in Redbridge said it was “delighted” by this year’s results. Seventy-five per cent of students gained between a C grade or higher, with 58 per cent achieving a B grade or higher. Notable achievers included Daniella Goldman, who gained two A*s and a B, and Ben Igielman, who achieved two A*s and an A.
The school also celebrated its students who did a BTEC in media, with eight students gaining a Distinction.
JCoSS also reported pleasing results, in its second year of taking A-Levels. The school saw 37 per cent of all marks reach an A* or A, with over a third of its pupils achieving two As or more.
Headteacher Patrick Moriarty said: “These results show students and teachers building on the successes of last year and achieving magnificently. The students have only been with us for two years, and these excellent results reflect the hard work put in by students and teachers alike."
In Bushey, Immanuel College saw 84 per cent of its students achieve a B grade or higher. The school had a 100 per cent pass rate, with 100 per cent A* grades in art, Hebrew, photography and physical education. Eighty-seven per cent of students won their places at their first or second choice of university, a significant increase since last year.
“We are endlessly proud of the successes and life opportunities earned by our students,” said Immanuel head Charles Dormer. “We send congratulations to all our children and families, and our very best wishes to the sixth formers of all Jewish schools, wishing them similar success.”