King David School, Manchester

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The King David High School
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M8 5DY

MottoEmet ve'Emunah
("True and faithful")
Religious affiliation(s)Jewish
SpecialistMathematics and Computing
Department for Education URN137309 Tables
Head TeacherBrian Levy
Age11 to 18
Enrolmentc. 850

The King David High School in Manchester, England, is a mixed, voluntary aided Jewish Orthodox academy school.

The main funder of the school, as well as head of governors, is Mr. Joshua Rowe.[1] In 2015 the school was rated "Outstanding" in the Ofsted inspection[2] and is one of the country's top performing comprehensive schools in the GCSEs.[3]



The school ethos is based on traditional Jewish values which are regarded as the basis of Christian and British values. These include such things as 'love thy neighbour as thyself', 'love the stranger', tolerance and respect for people of different faiths and religions, democratic values, the rule of law, tolerance of and respect for fellow citizens, politeness helpfulness and assistance to all, etc.

Coat of Arms[edit]

The KDHS Coat of Arms, which the School displays on all documentation and uniform, consists of the harp of King David. The KDHS Coat of Arms harp, with the schools motto written in Hebrew beneath.

Sixth form leadership[edit]

The school each year elects a new team of Heads, Deputies, and Prefects. The Head Boy and Head Girl have the role of supervising sectors such as events, charity drives, and student council. Their role is also to oversee all deputies. Deputies are assigned to one of the four sectors, mentioned before, and are assigned by the Head Boy and Head Girl at the start of a year. Prefects are used for large-scale projects arranged by teachers, and the Head Boy and Girl.

Buildings and facilities[edit]

The school's bid to relocate to Heaton Park area were opposed due to area conservation and increased traffic concerns.[4] In December 2010, a new school building was opened, after around a year of building work, next to the old building. This new development was funded as part of the BSF (Building Schools for the Future) scheme. It was one of the last schools to successfully receive funding, and was estimated to cost around £22 million.

Following the completion of the new school building in 2010, most departments are situated in the new site. The Music department has its own building on the other side of campus, with dedicated facilities. The Drama department occupy what used to be the reception building of the old school. The secondary building, named the playground block, was built in 2005. This now holds the English department, the Geography department, the ICT department, and the Business/Economics department. The new building (finished 2010) houses both the King David Primary school and the high school, each having their own hall. The school also offers dedicated science labs, equipped for both GCSE and A/AS-Level science practicals.

The King David High School also houses two playgrounds, one nicknamed "the top pitch" primarily used for sports activities, and one more asphalt based playground to the east of the new building, used for pupil recreation.

The King David High School received an Ofsted report in 2015 of 'Outstanding' in all areas.[5]


Pupils are assigned to three classes based on academic results.

David: The King David Class is for pupils destined for success, though not necessarily through the traditional academic route.

The courses created for this stream are designed to enable pupils to go on to achieve significant success both in higher education and in the competitive world of industry and commerce.

Saul: There is another traditional academic stream operating within the school. It is called the Saul Class and was established for pupils who attain ‘grammar school’ standards. Pupils are placed alongside their peers, and follow educational programmes designed to match their abilities.

Solomon: Solomon is the class for the most academically gifted children. These children are taught with their own peer group. The pace set for the Solomon Class is very demanding. Many of these pupils go on to higher education within Law, Business and the Sciences.

Pupils have the chance to change sets, via two internal examinations, sat in the winter and summer terms and covering all subjects.


Every year the school organises charity work for all pupils in all years. In 2011 the charity chosen was Magen David Adom, in 2012 it was Zichron Menachem and in 2014 it was Leket (food supplies for poor families). With this the school continually hosts events in order to raise money for these and other charities. For 2015 our charity choice is Karen Malki helping the disabled children in Israel.

Student discipline[edit]

The school uses computerized behavioural management software (IRIS). IRIS is split into two sections, positive and negative. Rewards are granted and penalties imposed according to the pupils' IRIS records. If the student gains 6+ negative IRIS points in a week then an after-school detention will be issued to the student. Teachers can also apply their own detentions to the students via the IRIS system and depending on the reason for the negative IRIS point the following could be issued either (lowest to highest punishment) lunch time detention; after school detention; Sunday detention and isolation (full day or half a day).

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "King David School Homepage". King David High School. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
  2. ^ "They give as good as they get at King David". The Jewish Chronicle. 4 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Top 10 comprehensive schools for GCSE results". The Daily Telegraph. 19 September 2016.
  4. ^ Humphreys, Chris (4 March 2004). "School's 'bid' for Heaton Park opposed". North and East Manchester Advertiser.
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Coordinates: 53°30′58″N 2°14′46″W / 53.516°N 2.246°W / 53.516; -2.246