First ever school achievement awards

Pupils, staff and governors recognised for outstanding achievement

Merton’s schools are gearing up for the first Merton Achievement awards arranged by Merton Council.

The awards, to be presented at an official ceremony on the 9 July at Merton Civic Centre, will be an excellent chance to see the great work that Merton’s schools produce as well as showing the wide range of talented staff and students that the borough has.

The awards have been introduced to recognise the effort of staff, governors and students within Merton. Categories include:

·outstanding achievement by pupils in tests and examinations
·outstanding progress over time by pupils
·Contribution to the Community (by both a teacher and pupil)
·Outstanding contribution by a teacher to learning (primary, secondary and special)
·Outstanding contribution by a classroom assistant to learning
·Outstanding contribution by a member of the support staff
·Outstanding contribution by a governor
·Each special school is also invited to submit up to one nomination for pupil achievement

There are also categories for the Library Service and the programme will recognise the Long Service in staff in Merton schools.

Sue Evans, Director of Education, Leisure & Libraries, said: “This is a really exciting opportunity to show how proud we are of our schools. There’s a great deal of hard work that goes on in schools all year round and this event gives us the chance to show our appreciation to particular individuals and the schools in which they work.”

Councillor Geraldine Stanford, Cabinet Member for Education & Lifelong Learning, said: ” I am very pleased to be able launch the Merton education achievement awards. This is a time when we can stand back and congratulate the pupils, staff and governors who put such a lot of effort into making Merton a great place to learn.”