Ahavas Torah Boys Academy

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About Ahavas Torah Boys Academy

Name Ahavas Torah Boys Academy
Ofsted Inspections
Rabbi Aryeh Silkin
Address Salbec House, 16 Winders Way, Manchester, M6 6AR
Phone Number 07591160703
Phase Independent
Type Other independent school
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Not applicable
Gender Boys
Number of Pupils 73 (100% boys)
Local Authority Salford

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils have been severely let down by leaders in all aspects of their school life. They do not receive the quality of care or education that they deserve. Despite this, pupils enjoy being with their friends at school. However, they are expected to spend their playtimes in grounds that are poorly maintained and, in parts, strewn with hazardous litter. Pupils learn in classrooms that are dirty and damaged. On occasions, pupils are not properly supervised. This puts them at risk of harm.

Leaders’ expectations for pupils’ achievement are too low. The work that teachers give to pupils does not help them to learn well. For example, at times, the work set by teachers does not support pupils to learn the knowledge in the curriculum. Added to this, some pupils do not understand the work because teachers do not provide clear explanations. Pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), do not achieve well.

Leaders’ expectations for pupils’ behaviour are equally low. Pupils’ behaviour is sometimes inappropriately boisterous while moving around school. This occasionally leads to a lack of care for the safety of fellow pupils. That said, pupils are generally polite to adults. Pupils said that bullying is rare. They trust that adults will address it quickly if ever it happened.

Although pupils know that they must respect people who they perceive to be different to themselves, they do not learn about all of the protected characteristics. Neither do they receive an appropriate programme of impartial careers education, advice and guidance. This prevents pupils from being fully prepared for life in modern Britain.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Leaders do not provide the broad, ambitious curriculum to which pupils are entitled. Instead, pupils across the school study a narrow range of secular subjects. Pupils in key stage 3 do not develop a strong foundation of knowledge which is appropriate to their age. Pupils do not learn well.

The curriculum is weak and poorly designed. Leaders have failed to take account of the important knowledge that pupils must learn in each subject. Neither have they considered the order in which key knowledge should be learned. This means that pupils miss out on important learning and do not build knowledge securely in readiness for the next stage of their education.

Leaders have not ensured that staff have the subject knowledge required to deliver the curriculum well. Some teachers struggle to provide pupils with clear and accurate explanations of new learning because their own subject knowledge is poor. This weakness is also reflected in the inappropriate activities that teachers sometimes select for pupils. These activities do not help pupils to deepen their learning.Teachers do not check carefully enough that pupils have understood new learning. This prevents them from identifying misconceptions and providing extra support if pupils need it. Teachers pay insufficient attention to whether the curriculum is helping pupils to know more and remember more over time.

Leaders have not prioritised reading. They have not identified or considered the needs of pupils who may be at the early stages of learning to read. Leaders do not ensure that pupils who find reading more difficult receive the support that they need to enable them to catch up and keep up. This impedes how well pupils access the wider curriculum.

Leaders do not have a secure understanding of their responsibilities in relation to pupils with SEND. They do not identify the additional needs of these pupils in a timely way. Leaders do not ensure that pupils with SEND receive the support that they need. Instead, parents and carers are left with no choice but to seek private referrals to secure support for pupils with SEND. Added to this, pupils with SEND are subjected to the same curriculum weaknesses as other pupils. Pupils with SEND underachieve.

Leaders do not ensure that some staff implement the school’s behaviour policy consistently well. For example, on occasions, staff do not address pupils’ boisterous behaviour as they move around the school. Although the relationships between staff and pupils are mostly positive, some pupils become disengaged from their learning when it does not interest them. They behave less well in lessons when this happens.

Leaders have considered how staff should teach relationships and sex education (RSE). They have consulted with parents and carers about this. Leaders have designed a programme that covers sensitive aspects in ways that are appropriate. Parents have told leaders that they do not want their children to receive sex education in school.

Leaders have not ensured adequate provision for pupils’ personal development. Pupils do not learn about all of the protected characteristics. Leaders have not provided pupils with a structured programme of impartial careers information, education, advice and guidance. Pupils gain very little knowledge of faiths and cultures other than their own.

Leaders have not resolved the issues identified at the last standard inspection in relation to governance. The proprietor has no oversight of leaders’ work. He is not holding leaders to account for the poor quality of education that pupils receive. This dereliction of duty means that the proprietor has failed to ensure that the school consistently and securely meets the independent school standards (standards).

Leaders have failed to identify and address a number of hazards that present a real risk to pupils’ and staff’s welfare, health and safety. The school is poorly maintained. Important checks of fire alarms and emergency lighting have not routinely taken place. The accessibility plan that leaders have devised does not comply with schedule 10 of the Equality Act 2010. There is no capacity to improve the school.


The arrangements for safeguarding are not effective.

Leaders do not have an awareness of the latest safeguarding guidance from the Secretary of State. Their policies are based on outdated legislation. They are not fit for purpose. However, the safeguarding policy is made available to parents on request.

Leaders have not provided staff with sufficient, up-to-date safeguarding training. Some staff struggle to remember the last time that they had safeguarding training, or the content of such training. Therefore, staff do not learn how to recognise when pupils may be at risk of harm, for example from child-on-child abuse.

Leaders do not carry out all the necessary checks on the suitability of staff to work in the school. Leaders were unable to provide evidence that such checks have been carried out on the proprietor.

Leaders with overall responsibility for safeguarding have an inaccurate understanding of how to report any concerns that they or staff might have about a pupil’s welfare. Leaders are unclear about how to secure appropriate professional help for pupils. This puts pupils’ welfare at risk.

Pupils’ understanding of how to keep themselves safe is limited to matters such as road safety. Leaders do not ensure that pupils learn about the risks associated with using the internet or within the wider community.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and proprietor)

? The proprietor has not ensured that individuals with leadership and management responsibilities at the school fulfil their roles effectively. This has led to a wide range of unmet standards. This has impacted negatively upon all aspects of leaders’ provision for pupils, including their education, welfare, and health and safety. The proprietor must ensure that those with leadership and management responsibilities demonstrate the knowledge and skills that they require to ensure that all of the independent school standards are met consistently well. ? Leaders, including those responsible for safeguarding, have not ensured that all staff have had appropriate safeguarding training that takes account of current legislation, including Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2022. This means that staff do not have the necessary knowledge to identify when pupils are at risk of harm, for example from child-on-child abuse. Leaders must make sure that all staff receive up-to-date safeguarding training to enable them to identify signs and symptoms of a wide range of abuse and neglect. ? Leaders do not carry out appropriate pre-employment checks on adults who have lived or worked abroad. This prevents leaders from checking fully that these adults are suitable to work with pupils, and potentially places pupils at risk of harm. Leaders must ensure that they carry out all appropriate checks on adults before allowing them to take up employment at the school. ? Leaders have not designed a curriculum that is sufficiently ambitious for pupils. The range of subjects that pupils study is too narrow and leaders have not identified the essential knowledge that pupils must learn. This places a limit on what pupils can achieve academically. Leaders must ensure that all pupils, including those with SEND, study a suitably broad and ambitious curriculum that is well designed. ? Some teachers do not have strong subject knowledge. This prevents teachers from providing pupils with clear explanations and appropriate activities that enable them to learn well. Leaders must ensure that all teachers are supported and trained to acquire the strong subject knowledge that they need to deliver the curriculum well. ? Leaders have not ensured that pupils who are behind with their reading knowledge are supported to catch up with their peers. This affects how well these pupils access the wider curriculum. Leaders must ensure that sufficient priority is given to identifying and supporting pupils who have deficits in their reading knowledge, including those with SEND. This is so that they can catch up in reading quickly and access the full curriculum. ? Leaders do not work effectively with staff to identify and meet the needs of pupils with SEND. This prevents them from providing the support that these pupils need to access the curriculum. Leaders must ensure that pupils with SEND are identified quickly and receive the timely support that they need to achieve well. ? Some staff do not apply the behaviour policy as leaders intend. This leads to some pupils’ inappropriate behaviour going unchecked, including in lessons. Leaders must ensure that all staff understand and apply the behaviour policy consistently well. ? Leaders do not provide pupils with a clear programme of impartial careers guidance and support. This limits pupils’ understanding of the choices that are available to them. Leaders must ensure that pupils receive impartial careers advice, guidance and support to equip them well for their future lives in modern Britain. ? Pupils do not learn about all of the protected characteristics as set out in the Equality Act 2010. This means that they are not fully prepared for life in modern Britain. Leaders must ensure that they comply with their statutory duty by teaching pupils about the full range of protected characteristics. ? The accessibility plan that leaders have developed does not comply with schedule 10 of the Equality Act 2010. This is because the plan does not indicate how the school will increase over time the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the school’s curriculum. Leaders must take action to ensure that the accessibility plan complies with schedule 10 of the Equality Act 2010.