A failing school where pupils are not taught in English, leave with no recognised qualifications and are not prepared for ‘life in modern Britain’ has been slammed by the education watchdog.
Orthodox Jewish Yeshivah Ohr Torah School in Salford has received a damning report by OFSTED in their latest review of the school.
Parents of children at the all-boys independent school – which serves the Hasidic Jewish community of Broughton Park – were said to have withdrawn consent for inspectors to talk to their sons.
The school, previously graded ‘good’, has been deemed ‘inadequate’ in every inspection category. All lessons at Yeshivah are taught in Yiddish although many of the Children speak English at home. Likewise the children receive no PE lessons or do any physical activities at all.
The report said:
Children follow a curriculum based on Jewish religious studies, with ‘infrequent’ opportunities to pursue secular studies,inspectors said. Children only learn about other subjects if it assist their religious studies.
The school’s own measures of pupils’ achievements only have value within their own religious community.
Other aspects of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development are also weak. hysical education is non-existent at the school, meaning children do little – if any – exercise at school.
Prospects for pupils are poor because they do not sit any external exams – meaning they finish year 11 with no recognised qualifications, ‘ill-prepared for their next steps.
Opportunities for pupils to develop their English and mathematical skills are poor. The school does not provide lessons in English.
Pupils have limited opportunities to practise their speaking, reading and writing skills in English.
Moreover, little time is given to the teaching of mathematics. This means that pupils are not well prepared for life in modern Britain.”
A Spokesperson for the board of Governors said: “We would like to highlight the fact that our school continues to deliver a high quality education, and indeed on previous inspections, we have been rated as a good school.
The current rating reflects the new inspection framework that is much more rigid which has reduced the flexibility that independent schools have previously enjoyed to structure a broad and balanced curriculum that reflects the ethos of the school community it serves.”
The school has been told it must take action to meet the requirements of the government’s Independent School Standards or face being closed down.
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