|Exams Joy For Merton Pupils|
SW19 schools perform well again
Pupils in Merton were celebrating their GCSE successes as an extra 8% more students in the borough achieved five or more GCSEs at A*-C, including English and maths, than in 2010.
The increase takes the number of Merton's secondary school students attaining five or more GCSEs at A*-C, including English and maths, to 60.4%.
There have also been improvements in the results for students gaining five or more GCSEs at A*-C overall, with 85.6% attaining these grades, compared with 77.1% in 2010.
Local highlights for results of five or more GCSEs at A*-C, including English and maths, included an increase of 14% for Raynes Park High School from 41% in 2010 to 55% this year.
There was also a rise at Ricards Lodge in Wimbledon from 81% in 2010 to 89% this year, and Rutlish in Merton Park saw an increase from 77% in 2010 to 85% this year. At 89% and 85% respectively, standards at Ursuline High School, Wimbledon, and Wimbledon College remain high.
Merton Council cabinet member for education Councillor Peter Walker (left) said: "I am glad to see Merton schools improve significantly. There is every reason to believe that our schools have beaten the national average for the fist time ever.
"I am particularly proud of our many young people who have worked hard to achieve the best results they can. Yet again we are seeing an overall improvement across the borough as Merton’s GCSE results continue to get better and better. The results reflect the rapidly improving standards of teaching we have in Merton."
'A' Level results released last week show almost a quarter of all students at Ursuline High School and Wimbledon College achieved A*-A grades and nearly all achieved A*-E grades.
Councillor Richard Hilton, Conservative Education Spokesman said: "We really welcome the Merton A-Level and GCSE achievement and the continued improvement by students across the Borough, particularly at GCSE where the results look set to exceed the national average for the first time.
"My concern now is for our youngest children and there is a particular problem for families in Wimbledon where Labour scrapped our proposals for a new school."
August 25, 2011