Schools report improved results
There were top marks for local schools as pupils celebrated improved GCSE results on Thursday (August 22).
GCSE results showe the average number of A*-C grades from Merton school students rose year on year.
Sixty-four per cent of students in the borough achieved A*-C including English and maths, up 5% on 2012.
This year also saw 96% of students achieving five A* – G, while 87% of students gained five A* – C across all subjects, an improvement of three per cent from last year.
It follows last week's A-Level results where several Wimbledon schools reported good marks.
Ursuline High School reported 100% of students achieving A* to E grades and 84% of students achieving A* to C grades.
Wimbledon College also enjoyed excellent results with 98% of its pupils achieving A* to E grades and 75% achieving A* to C grades.
Ricards Lodge High School has sustained 100% A* to E for the second year running and 83% of students have achieved A* to C grades. Ninety-seven per cent of students at Rutlish achieved A* to E grades. Numbers achieving A*to C improved from 54% last year to 60% in 2013.
Another increase was seen at Raynes Park High School sixth form, achieving 100% A* to E with 73% of students achieving A* to C, up from 69% last year.
But as the results were published, local Conservatives announced a consultation on local eduction provision for 2014 and beyond.
Merton Council cabinet member for education Councillor Martin Whelton said: "I would like to congratulate all our A-Level students for their achievements.
"Merton has had some fantastic results with many sixth formers achieving outstanding results and going on to top universities. My best wishes are extended to all our students whatever they choose to do next, whether its work or education.
"I have no doubt that many will now go on to achieve great things in life and that their education will enable this to happen. They have all worked hard. I would also like to thank their teachers for helping them achieve their goals along with their families who have supported them through education."
Councillor James Holmes, Conservative Education spokesman, said: "Congratulations to all Merton’s hardworking students, teachers and parents on their impressive A-level results. It is encouraging to see young people start on their adult lives with a good set of academic achievements to build on. Whether they are moving onto higher education, work or a well earned gap year, I wish them all fulfilling and successful futures.
"Starting in September once schools return, I will be launching an initiative to consult on education provision in the borough for 2014 and beyond. This will directly follow up on the achievement of sixth forms with the next piece of innovation that can only come from the Conservatives.
"There are opportunities for us to reach higher still in the education of young people through Free Schools and a satellite grammar school which could introduce additional funding, choice and specialisms into our teaching."
August 23, 2013