|Name||Ahavas Torah Boys Academy|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Requires improvement|
|Inspection Date||05 June 2018|
|Address||Riverside, Agecroft Road, Manchester, M27 8SJ|
|Religious Character||Not applicable|
|Number of Pupils||57 (100% boys)|
|Percentage Free School Meals||0%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||0%|
Information about this school
Ahavas Torah Boys Academy is a Jewish faith school for boys aged 11 to 16 years located in Salford. It occupies the upper two floors of a large Victorian house, the lower part of which is occupied by Tashbar Crèche, which is separately registered and not linked to the school. The school was opened in response to the increasing demand for school places in the Orthodox Jewish communities of North Manchester, Salford and Prestwich and is registered for 47 pupils. There is a class in each of Years 7 to 10. Pupils take GCSEs in mathematics and English language at the end of Year 10. No pupils have an education, health and care plan. The school aims to ‘provide an excellent secular education which is guided by and also gives over the principles of orthodox Judaism’ and to ‘build an atmosphere of happiness and achievement whilst instilling within pupils a deep and passionate love for, and understanding of, their own religion, coupled with an uncompromising respect for other religions and lifestyles different to their own’. The school uses no alternative provision for pupils. The majority of the school day is devoted to kodesh, with chol taught mainly in the afternoon. The school is open six days per week. The school has appointed a full-time headteacher since the previous inspection. There is also a new chair of the board of directors of the company that forms the proprietorial body.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a school that requires improvement Teaching, learning and assessment in chol (secular learning) is less effective than that in kodesh (faith learning). This leads to slower progress, particularly in subjects other than mathematics, including English. Schemes of work in chol are not used as well as possible. Teachers’ expectations of pupils’ behaviour in some chol lessons are not high enough. Some teachers do not build from pupils’ errors to help pupils to learn from their mistakes. While teachers’ skills have been enhanced through training, further development is needed. The role of those who provide governance and their relationship to the proprietorial body is not clear enough. The planned move of the school to new premises has been slow, meaning that pupils remain in the present, tired accommodation. While leaders ensure that pupils develop their understanding of wider British society, this is not as wide as possible. The chol curriculum is relatively narrow. The time allocated to chol teaching is restricted. Not all the independent school standards were met at the start of the inspection. The school has the following strengths The school has a clear faith ethos which underpins its work. There is warmth in the relationships between staff and pupils. Pupils trust their teachers. Teaching of kodesh is effective and pupils make rapid progress in this aspect. Pupils are respectful of others and generally behave well. Bullying is very infrequent. Staff know pupils very well. Parents and carers are very happy with the education provided. Pupils are safe in school. They are well looked after. Senior leaders are dedicated. The school has improved since the previous inspection. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.