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  • JFS
    The Mall
    HA3 9TE
  • Head: Mrs Deborah Lipkin
  • T 020 8206 3100
  • F 020 8206 3101
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  • A mainstream state school for pupils aged from 11 to 19
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Brent
  • Pupils: 2,070
  • Religion: Jewish
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
    • 1 Full inspection 9th November 2016
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Requires improvement on 9th July 2014
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

The new school building was designed to be light and airy, to have learning at its heart, and to have the synagogue placed where it would be the first thing visitors would see. The latter is certainly the jewel in the school’s crown, with beautiful stained glass windows and a library and study area in the gallery. It’s in constant use, both for services and ‘Lunch and Learn’ sessions.

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What the school says...

JFS is a co-educational inclusive, modern, orthodox Jewish school that strives to produce well-educated, faithful and proud Jews who will be responsible and contributing members of society. JFS is a truly wonderful school. This is clear from our stunning annual public examination results which see us consistently placed in the top five schools in the country outside the independent sector. ...Read more

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Government & Politics at an English Comprehensive School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Art & Design at an English Comprehensive School (Applied GCE AS level Double Award)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Home Econ: Child Dev at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Religious Studies at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)


Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2016, Simon Appleman, previously deputy head.

Debby Lipkin, a schools improvement specialist who was acting as consultant at the school, is executive head for the 2016/17 school year.

Academic matters

Consistently in the top one per cent nationally of non-selective schools, JFS continues to achieve pretty stunning results. In 2016, 81 per cent of A levels at A*-B. At GCSE, 50 per cent of grades were at A*/A, although interestingly the percentage of students achieving five passes at A*-C including maths and English was 83, suggesting perhaps that the school’s intake is top-heavy at the high-achieving end.

Teaching here universally praised. ‘The school is incredible academically’; ‘The teaching is amazing'; ‘I feel I’m being really stretched, especially in maths'; ‘The teachers praise you so much, they really...

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Special Education Needs

In addition to the special needs listed, we have experience of Genetic and Related Disorders: Triple X, F.D; and Medical and Related Needs: Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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