Merton’s second school ‘Oscars’ takes place

Merton Council has held its second annual awards ceremony to acknowledge and celebrate achievements in the borough’s schools and learning community.

The 2003 Merton Achievement Awards ceremony, held on Thursday 10 July at Merton Civic Centre, recognised the contributions of pupils, staff and governors across all schools, libraries and adult education.

As with last year, the achievements of award-winners were outstanding. The evening was made extra-special by a performance by the Links Primary School choir and the presence of Professor Tim Brighouse, Commissioner for London Schools. In his address he commended Merton on leading the way in London with this initiative.

Awards were given to students for the highest achievement at Key Stages 2 and 3 and at GCSE level. There were also awards for the most improvement at these stages.

Two pupils at Special Schools were presented with awards for having made the most progress towards meeting their individual targets. Those outside schools were also honoured, with an award for Outstanding Achievement from an Adult Learner and one for an Outstanding Contribution from a Librarian.

A number of awards were also presented where schools were invited to make nominations. Among these is the award for Outstanding Contribution from a Pupil to the Community that went to ten-year-old Rebecca Holland from Garden Primary School.

Rebecca gives up every lunchtime to run the Helping Hand initiative, a listening and caring service that she helped set up for her fellow pupils. Rebecca’s mum died three years ago and she draws on her own experiences to listen to others and help solve their problems. A remarkable achievement for one so young.

Ursuline High School received the award for Outstanding Contribution from a School to the Community and full details of this and the other awards, including Rebecca’s, can be found in the Note to Editors.

Councillor Geraldine Stanford, Cabinet Member for Education & Lifelong Learning, said: “It was another wonderful awards ceremony where we got to say well done to all those who have been working hard for the past year. All those involved thoroughly deserved the recognition and I would like to congratulate them all.”

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Note to Editors:

Further details of the award winners and photographs of the event are available upon request.

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