Merton’s rising stars honoured at awards ceremony

Outstanding young achievers from Merton’s secondary schools and academies, special schools and South Thames College were honoured at a special awards ceremony last night hosted by Wimbledon College.

Following another successful year for GCSE results in Merton, students from across the borough were nominated by their schools to receive special awards for individual achievements and success.

The Mayor of Merton, Councillor Oonagh Moulton and Merton Council Leader, Councillor Stephen Alambritis attended the ceremony to present students with their awards. Students from Bishopsford, Raynes Park, St Mark’s Academy and Wimbledon College provided various musical performances at the event, which was also attended by governors and teachers, nominated students and their guests.

As well as recognising academic excellence, the awards honoured students who have excelled in other areas such as the performing arts, and, in particular, celebrate those young people who have made a significant contribution to school life and given support to fellow pupils.

Councillor Peter Walker, cabinet member for education, “Our schools and pupils have made outstanding GCSE and A level achievements over the past five years, including some of the best GCSE results that Merton has ever seen.

“This awards evening is about celebrating those achievements and recognising the hard work of Merton’s students, both in gaining academic success and in supporting their fellow students.”

“My congratulations to each and every one of the students selected to receive awards this year. This is a great opportunity for their efforts to be formally recognised and to ensure they receive the praise that they so richly deserve.”

Notes to editors:
· Outstanding young achievers from the following schools received awards:
– Bishopsford Arts College
– Cricket Green School
– Melrose School
– Raynes Park High School
– Ricards Lodge High School
– Rutlish High School
– Smart Centre
– South Thames College – Merton Campus
– St Ann’s School
– St Mark’s Academy
– Ursuline High School
– Wimbledon College were all