Pupils at a Merton school are celebrating after scooping a top award as one of the most improved specialist college in England and Wales.
Staff and students at Bishopsford School in Lilleshall Road, Morden, won a ‘Most Improved Specialist College’ award after the success of their last year’s GCSE results, which exceeded all the school’s targets.
The performing arts specialist college results improved by almost 26 percentage point from 32% of students achieving five or more exams with grades of A* to C in 2007 to 58% in 2008. Just 29% of pupils achieved five or more GCSEs with grades of A* to C including Maths and English in 2007 but a total of 35% managed to attain these results in 2008.
Head teacher Andrew Barker said: “I am absolutely delighted with the outstanding progress the students have made in the last two years. Pupils and staff all worked extremely hard to attain last year’s much improved GCSE results, which were the school’s best ever. Now we are in the position where all the students are achieving the highest possible standards they are capable of.”
Merton Council’s cabinet member for children’s services Councillor Debbie Shears said: “This is excellent news for Bishopsford. Educating our young people is understandably one of our residents’ biggest concerns and we are therefore determined to do everything we can to put our children first and further drive up standards at all of Merton’s schools.
“All secondary schools in Merton now have specialist status and can provide our students with excellent learning facilities and resources. Just 80% of schools in the UK have specialist status and we are extremely proud Merton has above the national average in the borough.”
Notes for editors
Specialist schools teach the full national curriculum but also focus on their specialist subjects through an extended school day.