Exam success for alternative education

Pupils in Merton’s special projects achieve great GCSE results

Young people taking part in two of Merton’s Local Education Authority projects have scored successes in this year’s GCSE exam results.

More than 20 Merton youngsters, who are not in school and are part of alternative education projects called Moving On Moving Out and the Tuition Service have achieved excellent pass rates in this year’s examinations.

Moving On Moving Out is based in South Wimbledon and the 12 young people who attend achieved a 100 per cent GCSE pass rate. The Tuition Service project, that 9 attend, achieved a 90 per cent pass rate.

The two projects were set up in 1999 and teach children aged 15 to 16 for whom school is no longer the most appropriate place to continue their education. The projects are part of Merton’s commitment that every child and young person in the borough has a right to quality education.

Councillor Maxi Martin, Cabinet Member for primary Education and Children’s Services, said: “These young people have worked hard this year and have done well to achieve GCSE passes. We hope that their success on the projects will help them in college and jobs next year.

“This shows that Merton’s belief in Inclusive Education and in all young people having another chance works well. I would like to say a big well done to all the young people and staff involved in both projects.”