The girls of the Lubavitch Senior Girls School again achieved exceptional results in the GCSE exams taken at the end of Years 10 and 11, and the GCE Advanced and Advanced Supplementary Level, taken at the end of Year 11 and the one year Sixth Form. 12 pupils in year 11 sat an average of 7 GCSEs, and 9 pupils in year 10 took 2 or 3 subjects. A girl in Year 10, who commutes for 2 and a half hours daily, attained 3 A*s.
10 pupils leaving Year 11 achieved 5 or more A*-C passes at GCSE. Two of them achieved straight A*s and As. At GCSE level there were 62% A* and As. Shaina Charkova, from Riga, Latvia, who joined our school in Year 9, attained 7 passes (A-C) at GCSE including an A*, an A, and a B in English.
At A and AS level, 14 girls from years 11 and 12 took between them 21 exams in Maths, Biblical Hebrew and Religious Studies. 15 of the exams were AS level, and 6 were A2. 100% passed, and 85% achieved A or B.
Rabbi Shmuel Lew, Headmaster, pointed out that Lubavitch Senior Girls School accepts pupils from the whole spectrum of academic ability, and also encourages weaker pupils to enter for the exams, giving everyone the opportunity to achieve their best. These results are well above the National Average. He praised the superb team, led by Mrs Helen Freeman, Headmistress and Mrs Golda Junik, Head of Kodesh, for bringing out the best qualities of each pupil.
Secular studies occupy only 50% of the school day at Lubavitch Senior Girls School. The pupils also study Chumash, Nach, Shulchan Aruch, Chassidic teachings and other Kodesh subjects to a high standard, training them for future leadership positions in Jewish life and the Jewish community.
A large proportion of the alumni of the Lubavitch Senior Girls School fill spiritual leadership roles as Rebbetzins, Chabad House co-directors (with their husbands) and teachers. All are women with a high degree of Jewish knowledge and understanding working to bring a brighter tomorrow for the Jewish community and the world.
At the same time, general academic prowess has long been a central characteristic of the school. The Advanced level results of June 2008 are an example of this.
“We look forward to a new school year in which the girls will achieve even more” said Mrs Helen Freeman, the Head Teacher. She continued: “Our pupils really care. Whether making a school show, running a summer camp or studying for advanced level exams, they put their heart and soul into their work.”