Vishnitz Girls School

Name Vishnitz Girls School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 05 February 2019
Address 49 Amhurst Park, London, N16 5DL
Phone Number 02088000490
Type Independent
Age Range 2-13
Religious Character Orthodox Jewish
Gender Girls
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Hackney
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Vishnitz Girls School is an Orthodox Jewish independent day school located on two sites in Stamford Hill, north-east London. It was registered in 2009 as an early years setting and registered as a primary school in 2012. The school is registered to take up to 127 girls aged between three and eight years of age. However, there are currently 300 girls on roll, whose ages range from two to 13. This exceeds the school’s agreed upper registration age of eight. Leaders have also exceeded the school’s registered capacity of 127 pupils. Most girls speak Yiddish as their first language but they are also fluent in English. In the main school, pupils study Jewish religious studies (Kodesh) in the morning. This is taught in Yiddish. The secular curriculum (Chol) is taught in English in the afternoon. In the early years, girls are taught through a combination of English and Yiddish. The school has a very small proportion of pupils with SEND. Since the previous inspection, the school has moved its key stage 1 provision to join the early years provision at 85 Lordship Road, London N16 0QY. The school now admits 2-year-olds into their early years classes. These are children who will be turning three in their first or second term at the school. Since the previous inspection, the school has continued to increase the numbers on roll from 261 to 300. Proprietors have also made the decision to continue to expand the age range at key stage 3 to include Year 8 pupils. The key stage 2 and 3 provision is at 49 Amhurst Park, London N16 5DL. The school uses no alternative provision. The governing body runs an after-school club for pupils in key stages 2 and 3 on a Wednesday at the Amhurst Park site. The school does not have a website but all the required policies are available from the school office upon request. School leaders have the support of a local leader of education. The last standard inspection took place in November 2017, when it was judged as inadequate overall, with unmet independent school standards. However, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment and outcomes for pupils were judged as good. Prior to this, the school had a standard inspection in July 2013 and an emergency inspection in February 2016, following safeguarding concerns. Two monitoring inspections have taken place – one in October 2016 and another in May 2017.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school School leaders and governors have a clear vision for the school. They have sought guidance and support to address many of the weaknesses identified at the last inspection. Consequently, all of the independent school standards are now met. Teachers demonstrate secure subject knowledge and have a good understanding of pupils’ starting points. Consequently, teaching meets individuals’ needs well, and outcomes are strong. Teaching is consistently good and most pupils make good progress across the curriculum. In the early years, leaders have ensured that there are many good-quality opportunities for Nursery children in the outdoor area. However, they have not made sure that these opportunities are available to children in the Reception Year. Safeguarding is effective. Leaders have made sure that the accommodation and the systems for ensuring pupils’ safety are fit for purpose. The school takes its duty to promote respect for all seriously. Leaders have taken bold decisions to ensure that respect is a strong and consistent thread through the effective implementation of a new personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education programme. This is having a strong impact on pupils’ learning and personal development. Typically, pupils are polite, courteous and highly respectful of others. Behaviour in lessons and around both sites is good. Curriculum advisers and leaders for each phase have ensured that the curriculum for all pupils is carefully planned, including good provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Pupils are now better prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils feel safe, and parents and carers agree that they are kept safe at school. They know that the school cares deeply about pupils’ well-being. This is reflected in pupils’ enjoyment of learning and the strong relationships between staff, parents and pupils. 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.