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Following the release of the A-Level results last week it was the turn of GCSE students to enjoy their day of reckoning this Tuesday.
The London-based Jewish school that achieved the best GCSE results was Immanuel College, with six pupils achieving 10 A* and A grades. These were Aryeh Dworkin, Ben Baruch, Joseph Grant, Eitan Lovatt, Darren Vanning and Darrel Bernstein.
In total 56 per cent of its students got A* or As. Head Master Philip Skelker said: “These results reflect the aptitude, determination and effort of our pupils. I am delighted by their well-deserved success.”
The other major Jewish schools that sat GCSEs; King Solomon, Hasmonean and JFS all performed above the national average.
Last Thursday’s A-level results saw an impressive array of top grades achieved by students at Jewish schools. The biggest secondary school in Europe, JFS, saw nearly half of its students return A* or A grades. A total of 12 pupils achieved at least three A* grades – introduced for the first time at A-level this year.
Head teacher Jonathan Miller said: “The high number of top grades is testament to the hard work and commitment of our students. We are very proud of all of them.”
Immanuel College also got the highest scores at A-level, with 51 per cent of results A* or A. Immanuel student James Fields, who secured an A*, A and A is reading economics at Manchester University. He said: “I am so happy, and relieved. You never know how you’ve done. I will be opening the champagne later.”
Classmate Ashleigh Taylor, who secured and A*, A and B, is going to Nottingham Trent to study Fashion, Marketing and Branding, said: “I am so shocked I can hardly breathe. I can’t believe it – I am so happy.”
There was also success for Hasmonean, which recorded joint results for the boys’ and girls’ schools. A total of 20 per cent of its pupils got straight A* and As.
Executive teacher Rabbi David Meyer said: “These results reflect the hard work and dedication of our students. As our children devote so much time to work in the community and Jewish studies learning their results are to be especially commended.”
Yavneh College, only established in 2006, doesn’t have any sixth-formers of its own, but opened a small sixth-form for students who wanted to join from other schools.
Dr Dena Coleman, the head teacher, said: “We are delighted they have done so well with us.”
Head teacher for King Solomon, Spencer Lewis, said: “The vast majority of students did even better than expected, winning places at some of the best universities in the country. I am proud of all our students, but in particular the five who got all A* and A.”
One of its star students, Melinda Martin, who achieved three A* grades, has won a place at Birmingham University next month to study Childhood, Culture and Education.
“I worked so hard and am really happy that all the hard work paid off,” said the 18-year-old.Top marks for Jewish schools by James Marin