Congratulations for Merton’s GCSE students

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Congratulations for Merton’s GCSE students
Merton’s provisional GCSE/GNVQ results show an improvement

Provisional GCSE and GNVQ results show that students in Merton’s schools have significantly improved their performance. This is contrary to the reported national trends, which saw a fall in the GCSE pass rate.

This year’s results indicate that Merton has exceeded the percentage of entries awarded 5+ grades A*-C by 4.5 per cent from Merton’s average of 40.9 per cent in 2002. This represents a noticeable impact on closing the gap between the national and Merton’s average, especially as the national average is predicted to have gone down from 51.5 per cent achieved last year.

Information also indicates that the number of pupils leaving compulsory education in the borough with no GCSEs is reducing and for a third year Merton’s ‘pupils out of school’ have achieved a 100 per cent pass rate.

Councillor Geraldine Stanford, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “My congratulations to all the students, their families and to those who have worked with them to achieve this noticeable increase in performance. We are delighted that their efforts have been rewarded.”

Final school and LEA results will be published in the DfES Secondary School Performance Tables in November.

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