Merton schools see 8% improvement in GCSE results

Throughout Merton, schools have had another good year of GCSE results with 8% more students achieving 5+GCSEs A*-C including English and maths, exceeding the 2010 national average by 6.9%.

The increase takes Merton’s secondary school students attaining 5+GCSEs A*-C including English and maths to 60.4%.

There have also been improvements in the results for students gaining 5+GCSEs A*-C overall with 85.6% attaining these grades, compared with 77.1% in 2010.

The provisional results show Merton to be home to two of the most improved schools in London. Harris Academy in Mitcham saw its 5+ A*-C results including English and maths increase by 26% on 2010 results with 75% of its pupils attaining these grades. St Mark’s Academy, also in Mitcham, has seen its GCSE grades 5+ A*-C passes including English and maths, increase by 21% from 23% in 2010 to 43% this year. The overall achievement at St Mark’s Academy of 5+ A*-C grades has soared from 55% last year to 88% this year, while the Harris Academy pass rate this year is 100%.

Other highlights for results of 5+ A*-C including English and maths are a 7% rise at Bishopsford Arts College from 35% in 2010 to 42% and an increase of 14% for Raynes Park High School from 41% in 2010 to 55% this year. Overall results for 5+ A*-C GCSEs show a rise of 8% at Ricards Lodge from 81% in 2010 to 89% this year and an 8% rise at Rutlish from 77% in 2010 to 85% this year. At 89% and 85% respectively, standards at Ursuline High School and Wimbledon College remain high.

Merton Council cabinet member for education Councillor Peter Walker said: “I am glad to see Merton schools improve significantly. There is every reason to believe that our schools have beaten the national average for the fist time ever.

“I am particularly proud of our many young people who have worked hard to achieve the best results they can. Yet again we are seeing an overall improvement across the borough as Merton’s GCSE results continue to get better and better. The results reflect the rapidly improving standards of teaching we have in Merton.

‘To be home to two of the most improved schools in London is also very encouraging. As a council we continue to work to ensure opportunity is there for all our residents across the whole borough. The results from St Mark’s and Harris Academies mean Mitcham has two great schools where many of our young people can develop a love of a variety of subjects which will benefit them for the rest of their lives. I would like to congratulate all Merton schools for what has been an excellent set of results.”