Results are the key

Merton Council’s schools have received good results in the latest Key Stage 2 performance table.

Schools have maintained last year’s Level 4 standard, the national expected level of performance for pupils of this age, and built on that success as higher numbers of pupils have attained results higher than Level 4.

This year 73 per cent of pupils in Year 6 achieved a Level 4 or higher in English. In Mathematics 68 per cent of pupils gained a Level 4 or higher, this is a 2 per cent rise on last year. There was also a 6 per cent rise in the number of pupils achieving a Level 5 or higher in Mathematics. This is a significant improvement in the performance of higher attaining pupils in the borough.

In science 85 per cent of pupils achieved a Level 4 or higher and there was an eight per cent rise, from 30 per cent in 2001 to 38 per cent in 2002, in the number of pupils gaining Level 5 or higher.

Cabinet Member for Education & Lifelong Learning, Councillor Geraldine Stanford, said: “These are extremely encouraging results and credit is due to all the pupils, teachers, governors and parents for their hard work and playing their part in achieving these results.

“As this was a transitional year because of the Schools Reorganisation project, I am even more impressed that there has been no dip in standards.

“I also believe we will begin to see the benefits of the reorganisation process in the near future and the new two tier system will lead to further improvements at Key Stage 2 and improve Merton’s schools’ ability to provide a higher quality of education for all pupils.”