Accolades

Hasmonean High School is consistently ranked as one of the top non-selective comprehensive by The Times for GCSE

In 2015, it was also ranked the top non-selective state school for GCSE and A level combined by The Sunday Times (see article extract below):

A Comprehensive Leap of Faith (published in The Sunday Times on 22 November 2015 and written by Sian Griffiths)

Jewish schools prove that partnership between teachers, pupils and parents can get top results from children of all abilities

Jewish faith schools have claimed the four top places among the highest-performing comprehensives in The Sunday Times exam league tables.

Leading the way is Hasmonean High School in northwest London, with 81.5% of A-levels graded A*-B and 60% of GCSEs A* or A. Yavneh College in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire is second, King David High School in Manchester third and the Jewish Free School (JFS) in Brent, northwest London, is fourth.

With 285 comprehensives among our top 500 state secondaries, there is plenty of evidence that mixed-ability education can work. However, the Jewish faith schools prove that it is possible to score truly glittering exam results with a non-selective intake.

A number of cabinet members have endorsed the school in recent years:

  • In 2017 Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond described the school as, “A truly remarkable institution with a proud history of academic excellence and religious education, instilling in its pupils the values of integrity, decency, kindness and fairness.”
  • In 2016 Nicky Morgan, then Secretary of State for Education and Minister for women and Equalities, said Hasmonean was “a special place for young people to learn and its success speaks for itself as a top-performing school with a glowing Ofsted report, outstanding in all areas.”
  • In 2015 Theresa May, then Home Secretary, endorsed the school.
  • In 2012 Michael Gove, then Secretary of State for Education, said “The fact that a socially comprehensive school like Hasmonean can be so successful shows the importance of ethos, values and a belief in social justice.”

In addition, the school regularly receives letters from Nick Gibb, Minister of State for Schools, and from the SSAT, as well as from the other educational organisations. For example:

  • Minister of State for Schools Nick Gibb wrote last year to congratulate staff on being one of the highest attaining schools in the country for the English Baccalaureate, on the percentage of pupils achieving 5 A*-C grades including English and Mathematics placing Hasmonean in the top 100 non-selective state schools; on the percentage of students achieving the English Baccalaureate placing Hasmonean in the top 100 non-selective state schools; on the progress students make from Key Stage 2 to 4 placing Hasmonean in the top 100 non-selective state schools
  • The SSAT in wrote to congratulate staff on Hasmonean on being ranked in the top 10% of schools nationally for high average grades and being ranked in the top 10% of schools nationally for progress between Key Stage 2 and 4
  • According to CentreForum’s last Annual report, Hasmonean was ranked: 1st – Most reduced progress gaps between disadvantaged and other pupils at Key Stage 4; 4th – Progress 8 score; 8th – Pupils achieving 50+ points in Attainment 8
  • The school was judged ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by both Ofsted and Pikuach in November 2012.