Menorah High School for Girls


Name Menorah High School for Girls
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 26 February 2019
Address 105 Brook Road, London, NW2 7BZ
Phone Number 02082080500
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Jewish
Gender Girls
Number of Pupils 299 (100% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 10.9
Local Authority Barnet
Percentage Free School Meals 0.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.2%

Information about this school

Menorah High School for Girls opened as an independent school in September 2001. It converted to voluntary-aided status in April 2016. It is a school for Orthodox Jewish girls aged 11 to 18 years. The school aims to provide a broad and balanced education based on the secular curriculum (chol) and Jewish studies (kodesh). The school is much smaller than the average-sized secondary school. Most of the pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of pupils who are eligible for support from the pupil premium funding is well below the national average. Fewer pupils than average receive support with SEND or have an education, health and care plan. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is below average.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders, including governors, are committed to providing pupils with a broad, high-quality education. Leaders oversee a productive balance of coverage of the secular curriculum and Jewish studies. Pupils are well prepared for the next steps of their education and employment, and for life in modern Britain. There is a high level of pastoral and academic support for pupils at the school. Staff know each pupil very well. The right support is given to pupils when they need it to enable them to thrive in their studies and have a very positive experience of the school. The quality of teaching is outstanding. Teachers are dedicated to ensuring that pupils fulfil their potential. Teachers have strong, confident subject knowledge. This motivates pupils and enables teachers to deepen and extend learning, so that pupils make outstanding progress. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding. They are confident and articulate. They interact positively, and are polite and respectful. Safeguarding pupils is of paramount importance to leaders and all staff in the school. Pupils feel safe in the school and are confident they will receive the help they need if they have any concerns. Students achieve well in the sixth form, because of the good teaching and personalised support they receive from their teachers. They approach positions of responsibility with maturity and enthusiasm and develop valuable organisational skills. Pupils receive careers guidance throughout the school, from developing generic skills applicable to the workplace in Year 7, to high-quality work experience in the sixth form. Pupils are readily able to apply their studies to their career aspirations. Activities and trips enrich pupils’ studies. Pupils enjoy meeting their peers from other schools and when carrying out work for charities. However, pupils would benefit from further opportunities to interact with those from different faiths, cultures and backgrounds. Special events promote health and fitness. However, there is a limited variety of sports available to pupils in physical education (PE) lessons and extra-curricular clubs. Leaders are rightly extending the work-related as well as academic courses available in the sixth form. This is to continue to increase the range of further and higher education options available to students.