|Name||Hasmonean High School for Boys|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||21 November 2012|
|Address||Holders Hill Road, Hendon, London, NW4 1NA|
|Number of Pupils||1163 (100% boys)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||9.5|
|Academy Sponsor||Hasmonean Multi-Academy Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||2.8%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||6.2%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||4%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
This larger-than-average-sized school is split into two sites where boys and girls are taught separately. The sites are one and a half miles apart. Students come from orthodox Jewish families living mainly in North London. The school converted to a stand-alone academy in October 2011. Approximately a third of the school day is assigned to Jewish studies. The school allows for this by extending the school day. Most students are from White backgrounds; half are White British. The proportion of students known to be eligible for free school meals is much lower than average. The proportion of students eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for children in the care of the local authority and for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, is much lower than average. The proportions of disabled students, those with special educational needs, those supported by school action and those who have a statement of special educational needs, are all lower than average. Students do not attend alternative, off-site courses. The school exceeds the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. The senior leaders’ vision of ‘balancing the religious with the secular and having respect and desire for excellence in both’ is the cornerstone of the school’s success. Students have a genuine hunger to excel in all areas of their life at Hasmonean. The proportion of students who gain five or more A* to C grades at GCSE including mathematics and English considerably exceeds the national average. Students make outstanding progress in their learning, including those in the sixth form. Students’ behaviour is outstanding. Their advanced spiritual, moral and social and cultural development is supported by the strong curriculum, especially Jewish studies. The quality of teaching is outstanding. Teachers have high expectations and set challenging work for students. The leadership and management of the school are outstanding. The compassionate and visionary executive headteacher successfully leads a senior team which is relentless in the pursuit of excellence. Leaders use highly effective methods to improve teaching which have resulted in a large increase in the number of outstanding lessons.