Good news for Merton schools

National GCSE and A level results were published this week showing another positive year of improvements for schools across the borough.

GCSE results show a 7.9% improvement on last year’s results for students achieving 5+GCSEs A*-C, exceeding 2010 national average improvements by 1.7%.

The increase takes Merton’s secondary school students attaining 5+GCSEs A*-C to 77.1%, up from 69.2% last year and above the national average 2010 of 75.4%. This represents an improvement of 30% 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 (52.4%) attaining these grades. This is more than the Merton’s Government target for 2010 of 50% and represents an increase of 12.9% over a four-year period.

A’ level results have also come out on top, with Merton above the national average point score per student at 726.7, compared with a national point score per student of 726.5. Merton’s average point score per examination entry in Merton is 212.2 compared to the national figure of 211.1. Overall Merton’s average 2010 point score per student increased by 56.7 points from 2009 and over the last three years has improved by 102 points.

Councillor Peter Walker, cabinet member for education said:

“These final results are a testament to the hard work of schools, teachers and, of course, young people in the borough.

‘Results continue to improve year on year and this is good news for Merton and all young people in the borough. Our goal is to continue to work closely with schools so that we can continue to drive up standards in the borough and build on the improvements to date to ensure that young people in our schools can achieve at the highest level.’