Merton schools on the up

Final GCSE results published this week by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) have confirmed another year of improvements for Merton’s schools.
The results show that 69.2% of students achieved 5+ A*-C grades in their GCSEs in 2009, up 7.4 percentage points from the previous year. After this success and the big improvement seen throughout Merton schools in summer 2008 the overall increase over two years has been an impressive 20.5 percentage points.
Merton’s schools have also done well for results that include English and maths. In 2009 almost half (48%) of Merton’s school pupils achieved these results, exceeding the borough’s target of 47%.
The number of pupils achieving any pass has also increased from 97.9% to 98.6%.

A Level results were another positive area for Merton with the average points score increasing from 657 to 670, up from 624.7 just two years ago. Merton pupils’ progress from GCSE to A Level has also remained steady and is above the national average.
Councillor Debbie Shears, Merton Council cabinet member for children’s services said:

“These results are great news for the borough and testament to another year of hard work by all the schools, teachers and young people in Merton.
“Increasing the number of pupils getting 5+ A*-C grades by more than 20 percentage points over two years is something to be very proud of. With the introduction later this year of Merton’s new 6th form provision in our high schools, the future is looking increasingly bright for the borough’s young people.”
Yvette Stanley, Merton Council’s director for children, schools and families added:

“Exceeding our target is excellent news for our schools. We know that these good results don’t come without hard work and so my congratulations go to everyone who has helped pupils do so well.
“Even with the good results we are not complacent and continuing to work with schools to improve this further will be a priority for each year ahead.”
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Notes to editor:
For full results go to the DCSF website links below:
GCSE results:
http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/cgi-bin/performancetables/group_09.pl?Mode=Z&Type=LA&Begin=s&No=315&Base=g&Phase=1&F=1&L=50&Year=09

A Level results:
http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/cgi-bin/performancetables/group_09.pl?Mode=Z&No=315&Base=a&Type=LA&Begin=s&Phase=2&Year=09