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  • JFS
    The Mall
    HA3 9TE
  • Head: Rachel Fink
  • T 020 8206 3100
  • F 020 8206 3101
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 19.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Brent
  • Pupils: 2,000 ; sixth formers: 500
  • 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. Superb artwork everywhere we looked, including some really huge canvasses – ‘They’re not short of ambition,’ commented the head of art...

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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 June 2018, Rachel Fink, previously head of Hasmonean Girls School. A chemistry graduate from UCL, she has an MA in Jewish studies from King's College London and a teaching degree from Michlalah, Jerusalem College for Women, and is a former JFS head girl. She spent 10 years teaching science in high schools in Israel, is a graduate of Cambridge University's Co-Exist interfaith programme and has been a member of a Partnerships for Jewish Schools' working party on mental health. Her husband, Stuart, is also a teacher.

Academic matters

Consistently in the top one per cent nationally of non-selective schools, JFS continues to achieve pretty stunning results. In 2018, 49 per cent of A levels A*/A, 76 per cent A*-B. At GCSE, 51 per cent 9-7, although interestingly the percentage of entries at 9-4 was 91,...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

Who came from where

Who goes where

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
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
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
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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Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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Who came from where

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