Beth Jacob Grammar School for Girls


Name Beth Jacob Grammar School for Girls
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 09 October 2018
Address Stratford Road, Hendon, London, NW4 2AT
Phone Number 02082034322
Type Independent
Age Range 11-17
Religious Character None
Gender Girls
Number of Pupils 270 (100% girls)
Local Authority Barnet
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

The Beth Jacob Grammar School provides education for girls from 11 to 17 years of age. A small number of students remain in the school until the end of Year 12 and complete their A-level courses within one year. The school is registered for 300 pupils. The school is run as a non-profit organisation. The school opened in 1980 and moved to its current purpose-built site in 1997. Around 60% of curriculum time is devoted to the teaching of secular subjects and around 40% to the faith curriculum. There is an entrance examination. However, the school takes pupils of all academic abilities. The school serves a Jewish community in north-west London. It aims to ensure that ‘pupils grow into productive and successful adults, developing their academic, spiritual, physical and emotional skills, while remaining true to the teachings of the Torah to become honest and respectful citizens.’ There were no students aged 17 or above at the time of the inspection. The school enters some pupils early for public examinations. An average number of pupils have been identified as having SEN and/or disabilities. There are very few pupils who have an education, health and care plan. The school does not use off-site training or other alternative provision. The school does not have a website, but all the required policies are available to parents on request from the school office. The school’s last full standard inspection took place in November 2016, when a number of unmet independent school standards were identified and the school’s overall effectiveness was judged inadequate overall. The first monitoring inspection in September 2017 found that while most of the requirements for the unmet standards were met, including those relating to safeguarding, a small number remained unmet. The second monitoring inspection in April 2018 confirmed that all the independent school standards were met in full. There have been several new appointments at both senior and middle leadership levels since the last inspection. A new deputy headteacher for secular studies, and new heads of department for English and mathematics, were appointed from September 2018.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders, including the proprietor, have worked effectively to make sure that this is now a good school. Standards at the end of Year 11 have risen remarkably over the last three years. Leaders have ensured that all the independent school standards are met. The headteacher is very well supported by the deputy headteachers for secular and religious studies. Together, they have raised everyone’s aspirations for pupils’ achievement. New senior and middle leaders have bolstered the school’s capacity to secure further improvements in the quality of the curriculum, and teaching, learning and assessment. The leadership of some other subjects is not as strong as in the core subjects. Pupils’ progress is inconsistent in these subjects. Pupils’ well-being and their mental and physical health are the cornerstone of the school’s work. Pupils are nurtured and exceptionally well cared for. Pupils are protected and kept safe. Teaching is good and results in effective learning, including in English, mathematics and science. However, the most able pupils do not always achieve their full potential. Work does not always stretch them fully in their thinking. Pupils flourish and grow into confident and responsible individuals. Their behaviour is good. When given the opportunity, pupils work on their own, solving problems effectively. Pupils know what skills they need to use to be successful. However, these features are not typical in some lessons. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted well. Pupils have great respect and tolerance for all differences. However, pupils do not have enough opportunities to interact with people who are not from a Jewish background. This prevents pupils from being fully prepared for life in modern Britain. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements. ui