School

Yesodey Hatorah Girls School is a three form entry, Charedi orthodox Jewish maintained Voluntary Aided girls secondary school located in Stamford Hill, in the London Borough of Hackney. We serve the Jewish communities of Stamford Hill and its’ wider area. On this site you will find key information about the School.

Core Values

Our core values and ethos, guided by the Rabbinate of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregation, discourage the use of online communication and internet use wherever possible. This site therefore holds only statutory and other basic information about the school. This information can be accessed on the other pages of this site (click on the page titles above). For further information about the school, please contact us: details below.

School Information / Governors

School name: Yesodey Hatorah Secondary Girls School

DfE number: 2044318. Unique Reference Number (URN): 133599.

Postal address: Egerton Road, N16 6UB, Telephone 020 88265500

Email admin@yesodeyhatorah.org - Fax020 8826 5309

Chair of Governors: Mr Theo Bibleman

A list of governors and their roles is available through this link.

Headteacher

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Our Most Recent Ofsted Report

Our Ethos and Values

Our ethos and values are to provide high quality support to the girls within our community. All girls will need to abide by the principles and ethics of our Charedi community. To be part of the school community you must lead an extremely modest way of life dictated by the highest moral and ethical values. Every aspect of school life is governed by the codes of Torah observance.

We expect our girls to not have access to any inappropriate media, and parents will ensure that their children will not have access to the internet and any other media which do not meet the stringent moral criteria of our Charedi community. Girls will also dress at all times in accordance with the strictest standards of Tznius (modesty) as laid down by the Rabbinate of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations.

Our Charedi community is guided by the authority of the aforementioned Rabbinate.

Mission Statement

Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls School exists to provide girls from the Charedi Community in Stamford Hill with a high quality Orthodox Jewish Education coupled with National Curriculum studies imbued with Torah values enabling all girls to take their place in and contribute to society.

School Aims

*To give the girls a love of Torah learning and practice

*To inculcate the girls with good sense of social responsibility and an appreciation that these are fundamental to all aspects of life.

*To ensure that pupils reach the highest possible standards in their קודש and חול studies.

*To encourage positive attitudes and exemplary behaviour in pupils in order to develop high self-esteem and confidence.

*Pupils will become progressively more independent and responsible members of the school community.

*Maturity and greater self-awareness will enable pupils to understand and respect the rights of others.

*To develop links with the wider community of which the school is part.

 

Admissions

The school admits up to 80 girls from Year 7 to Year 11. Applications lodged outside the year of entry will be considered in accordance with the below criteria.

Children for whom the school is named in a Statement of Special Educational Needs are required to be admitted to the school and will be counted against the admission number.

If there are more applications than places available, the Governing Body will admit pupils in accordance with the following oversubscription criteria:

Charedi Jewish girls in public care. Charedi Jewish girls whose acute medical or social need justifies a place at the school. These cases will always require supporting professional evidence and it is the responsibility of the parent to provide the evidence. Charedi Jewish girls who attend Yesodey Hatorah Girls' Primary School. Charedi Jewish girls with sisters at the school. Charedi Jewish girls with siblings in attendance at Yesodey Hatorah Primary Schools. Other Charedi Jewish girls.

Tie-Breaker

In the event of there being insufficient vacancies to admit all applicants in any of the categories detailed above, priority will be given to pupils living the shortest walking distance from their home address to the main gates of the school as measured in a straight line.

Parents will need to apply for a place at the school on Hackney Learning Trust application form in accordance with Hackney Learning Trust timetable set out in this booklet. Parents will also need to obtain a supplementary form from the school relating to their commitment to the Charedi Jewish faith which must be signed. Any disputes as to whether a child is Jewish will be settled by reference to the Rabbinate of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations.

Admissions Policy

Open Morning and Open Evening

We hold Open mornings in September and October. Please email the school to arrange an appointment.

Attainment of Pupils

We are very proud of our girls and all they achieve. Our results are consistently high and are always above the average for the local authority and nationally. In August 2016 84% of our girls achieved 5 GCSEs and 71%% including maths and English at grades A*-C. This gave us an attainment 8 of 5.9 (national figure 4.9) and a progress 8 of 0.47 (National figure 0). Both of these are well above average compared to other schools nationally.

Follow this link to find out more information on all aspects of our girls education.

Details of the School's Pupil Premium and Catch Up Grants

The Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is allocated to schools to support the learning of children from low-income families. These are children who are known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) or have been ‘looked after’ continuously for more than six months. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. The Government has decided that eligibility for the Pupil Premium in 2012-13 will be extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years. Schools are held accountable for how they have used Pupil Premium funding in support of the learning of pupils from low income families. In  2016 -17 the financial allocation for pupil premium is £7 480.

 

Pupil Premium expenditure has included:

• Professional development to further improve the teaching and learning within the school to support students of all ability.

• Professional development for training staff on dyslexia, ADHD & other SEN areas.

• Employing Literacy & numeracy specialists for booster sessions before and after school.

 

Impact: The school’s data shows that for 2016 attainment 8 was broadly in line with national data for FSM students. However the number of students included in the data is very small.

The school also receives, annually, a small grant for students who fail to reach the required standard in Literacy and Numeracy at the end of Y6. This funding is spent on:

·       small reading groups

·       one to one support with reading

·       small and individual support with numeracy

·       CPD for staff

In 2016-17 the grant was £6610. It is expected that both grants will remain the same for next few years

Curriculum

Content and approach, by academic year and by subject (including approach to phonic and reading schemes); See attached information. For more detailed  information contact the school office.

Kodesh Map2016/17.pdf

Secular Map 2016/17

Details of the School's Policies

On behaviour, charging and SEN and disability provision, Click on the Links below.

Behaviour Policy

Charging and Remissions Policy

Complaints Policy

Disability Discrimination Policy

ePolicy

SEN Policy

Special Education Needs Students

We endeavours to support all students at the school. There are some students who will benefit from some support and the linked document gives details on how students are supported at Yesodey Hatorah.

Links to the School's Dfe

Download a pdf file here

School Performance Tables

Our Current Prospectus

Download a pdf file here

Our Current School Development Priorities

•  Assessment and data analysis

•  Implementation of the new National Curriculum

When students leave the school, normally at the end of Y11, they attend seminaries where they will continue with their Kodesh Studies and be offered either A level courses or other suitable training. Most students attend seminaries either locally or in Manchester or Gateshead.

 

Paper copies of all documents mentioned are available free of charge by writing to the school office, details as above