Yavneh College is situated in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. Established in 2006, the state-of-the-art campus for 1,000 pupils aged 11-18 yrs is situated on a 13-acre site. The school was awarded Academy status in July 2011. 150 children are admitted each year into Year 7. There are specialist suites for music, drama, science, design technology, art, ICT and business. Sports facilities include a large sports hall, aerobics & dance studio, outdoor multi-use games courts and 9 acres of playing fields. The school has specialist Business & Enterprise Status.
Boys and girls are taught together. Yavneh has a modern orthodox outlook aiming to “produce young people who are proud of their Jewish heritage, confident in their religious practice and equipped with the academic qualifications and wider key skills necessary for success in today’s employment market”.
Pupils are set individual targets for every academic subject. Academic subjects are taught in ability sets from Year 7 onwards, allowing lower ability sets to proceed at a slower pace and reinforce understanding, while higher sets undertake an accelerated programme and enter for additional qualifications.
Jewish values pervade the life of the school, with text-based Jewish Studies lessons complemented by a stimulating programme of informal Jewish education and cultural and communal activities.
In its latest Ofsted inspection (March 2011), Yavneh College was judged 'Outstanding'. The inspectors found that 'students receive excellent teaching and support resulting in outstanding achievement and high attainment', 'lessons are frequently inspirational and enthusiastically received' and 'students' behaviour is outstanding and they express their love of the school for providing them with so many memorable experiences and chances of success.' The latest Pikuach inspection (March 2011) also judged Jewish Studies at Yavneh College to be 'Outstanding'.
The school has also just been awarded the prestigious NACE Challenge Award. NACE (the National Association for Able Children in Education) is a national body that promotes the importance of providing an appropriately challenging education for able, gifted and talented children. Only 56 secondary schools nationally have been awarded the NACE Challenge Award, which recognises excellence in provision for able, gifted and talented children.