Following last month’s announcement that 23 of Merton’s schools were to receive a School Achievement Award, another borough school has been added to the role of honour.

The highly regarded Achievement Awards are given by the Department for Education and Employment (DfEE) for Improvement, in SATS/exam results and Excellence, in achieving better SATS/exam results than similar schools in 2000.

Bushey Middle School was not named on the original list due to a DfEE oversight but has now officially joined the other 18 schools that received an Improvement Award. Bushey’s inclusion means 38 per cent of schools in Merton have now been identified as having made significant improvements.

Each school will receive a cash reward of between £3,000 and £20,000. In addition, each winning school collects a certificate and the right to use the Achievement Awards’ logo on their letterheads.

Acting Director of Education, Tony Lenney, said: “We are very pleased that Bushey’s achievement has now been recognised. It’s a pity they could not celebrate with the other 23 schools in the borough, but it’s a case of better late than never.

“Bushey’s achievement is something we are very proud of, as we are with all the schools who have receive awards. Well done to all the staff, pupils and governors at each school.”