• Leeds Jewish Free School Update

    • Leeds Jewish Community
    • date: 29-05-2014
    • Publish by: Susie

    Our first Year 7 cohort have had an amazing year, have made outstanding progress and we are very proud of them

    The Leeds Jewish Free School will close on Friday for the half term break when our first Year 7 cohort will finish the year and move, in June, into Year 8.


    Their academic progress alone shows that they have made two, or more, years progress in one year.  We assess them all against GCSE grades, and all would achieve a GCSE grade if they took an exam now.  Some would already achieve a Grade C or more.


    This means that, when they do take their GCSE examinations in 2018, all will achieve at least a Grade C in eight subjects, most will achieve at least a Grade B and half will gain Grade A or Grade A*.   This will place us as one of the highest performing schools in the country.


    They have also developed into mature and adept young people. Some of the boys are now leading parts of services at Shul.  LJFS-funded and -supplied Bar Mitzvah lessons are ensuring that our boys are well prepared for this next major step in their life.  This will extend to Bat Mitzvah studies next year. 


    All our students are also on track to take and pass their Jewish Studies GCSE in Year 9. They are confident in themselves, socially well mixed, and our non-Jewish pupils have found a clear place for themselves in school life.  They have started learning about the main World Faiths, taken part in enterprise activities, and have developed skills for life and work.


    We are now planning the Year 8 trip to Israel. This will take place in the summer term of 2015. This trip will be offered to all the students, with financial support where needed. This will be a flagship event that will help further their own personal development.


    Thank you for your continued support as we all look to the growing success and reputation of LJFS.


    Jeremy Dunford

    Executive Headteacher


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