Merton schools achieve 8.6% improvement in GCSEs

Merton schools have had another good year of results in GCSE exams with 8.6% more students achieving 5+GCSEs A*-C, exceeding 2009 national average by 7.8%.

The increase takes Merton’s secondary school students attaining 5+GCSEs A*-C to 77.8%, up from 69.2% last year and above the national average 2009 of 70%. This represents an improvement of 29.6% over a five-year period.

There have also been improvements in the results for students gaining 5+GCSE’s A*-C including English and maths with over half (53.6%) attaining these grades, more than the borough’s Government target for 2010 of 50%. This represents an increase of 14.1% over a five-year period.

Councillor Peter Walker, cabinet member for education said:

‘Merton’s GCSE results continue to improve reflecting the hard work of schools, teachers and, of course, young people in the borough.’

‘We are really pleased to have made further progress in improving GCSE results in the Borough. However, we are not complacent and we will continue to work with schools to ensure standards continue to rise and that young people in our schools can achieve at the highest level.’

Notes to editors:
95.5% of Merton pupils have obtained 5 or more GCSEs grades A*-G (not including English and Maths) against 92.4% in 2009. This is an increase of 3.1%

The government’s key measure for success for tests is the percentage of pupils achieving 5 or more GCSEs at grades A* to C including English and Maths. In 2009, the average level of achievement in the borough’s secondary schools and academies was 48.0%. This year 53.6% an increase of 5.6%

The Department of Education will release 2010 national comparators in October 2010.