King Solomon (KS) is a voluntary-aided school based in Ilford. It was established in 1993, and today caters for 950 pupils from across north London. The school has 150 places on offer for Year 7.
KS is co-educational with boys and girls taught in the same classes. It has a modern orthodox outlook aiming to teach pupils “a positive and proud sense of Jewish identity built upon a sound knowledge of Jewish practice and observance and an appreciation of the centrality of Israel in Jewish life”.
The full range of national curriculum subjects are covered in addition to providing a range of Jewish educational programmes. The school presents a totally fresh approach to Jewish life, providing three periods a week of Jewish Studies and two periods of Modern Hebrew.
KS was one of the first schools in the country to be awarded Technology College Status - specialising in Science, Maths and Technology and Humanities.
In January 2010 Ofsted judged King Solomon to be outstanding in five different areas including teaching students with special educational needs, in the way it cares and guides students, and in the way the school looks after its students through outstanding safeguarding procedures. Overall, the school was judged to have good teaching with students reaching above average standards, and good behaviour with outstanding community partnership enhancing student achievement.
Pikuach inspectors found a similar picture when inspecting the school's Jewish Studies department. They found the school's provision of programmes to enhance the Jewish experiences of students to be outstanding, providing an excellent range of activities and trips, and that Jewish Studies teaching ranges from good to outstanding across the school with students progressing very well.