Exam Results Summer 2017

We are delighted that the GCSE results for summer 2017 are outstanding this year. A full explanation of the new GCSE grading system can be found here. At Hasmonean the vast majority of students have met our high expectations and a significant number outperformed them.
  • 60% of the GCSE grades were grades 9-7, A* or A
  • 92% of the grades were 9/A*- C/4 grades
  • Five students out of 148 students in Year 11 at Hasmonean achieved grade 9s in English Language, English Literature and Maths (only 2,000 students in the country managed to achieve this)
  • 85% achieved five or more grades at 9/A*- C/4 including English and Maths
  • 57% were awarded the English Baccalaureate
  • 41% of students gained 8 A grades/grade 7s or better
  • For seven years now, more than half of the grades awarded at GCSE have been grades 9-7, A* or A and over 90% have been awarded grades 9/A*- C/4

Chloe Gold who attained 8 A*s and 3 Level 9s at GCSE said:
I felt ecstatic, relieved, full of joy and overcome with emotion – I hoped my friends felt the same when they opened their results.

Sharon Blass who attained 2 Level 9s, 8 A*s, 1 A and 1 Level 8 at GCSE said:
I am pleased with my results and would like to thank Hasmonean for the excellent teaching standards, the personal attention and the conducive environment that helped me learn and achieve my grades, whilst simultaneously instilling values in me.

This year’s results are especially pleasing given the increased challenge posed by the new specifications. In fact, there have been improvements in many of the measures. We would like to congratulate each and every student who met or exceeded his or her target grades. There were some truly exceptional individual performances by students this year.
We are also delighted for our year 13 graduates who attained excellent A Level results:
  • 43% of the A Level grades were A*/A
  • 72% of grades were A*-B
  • The A*-C grade percentage was 90%

This is an especially pleasing performance given that many students sat new, more challenging linear A Level specifications this year.  In addition, our BTEC results are also excellent with 72% of the grades awarded being Distinction* or Distinction (equivalent to an A* or A grade).

The highest performing A Level student was Joshua Daniel who attained 5 A* grades. He commented:
I’m so happy after receiving my results this morning – really ecstatic! I’m especially happy with my A* in Physics, which was a really tough subject. It feels like endless scientific work and experiments have finally paid off! It’s so nice to go into my gap year in a few days knowing that I have somewhere amazing to study Natural Sciences [The University of Cambridge] when I get back. A rewarding career in science doesn’t seem too far away now!

Executive Headteacher, Mr Andrew McClusky said:

We are delighted that our students have coped so well with the new specifications that presented an increased level of challenge.  I am grateful to the teachers who prepared them so well, and to all of our staff who support our students in countless ways. We are very, very proud of our students’ academic achievements as well as their wonderful work for charities and tremendous commitment to religious learning and interfaith activities.
 
Heads of Schools, Mrs Rachel Fink and Mrs Debbie Lebrett said:
We are especially delighted by the progress students have made both academically and personally during their time at Hasmonean. We know that in future years society will benefit from their success. Our thanks go to each and every member of staff who made a difference to their lives.

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.