Harris Academy Merton has been honoured at the annual Evening Standard School Awards.
The Academy received a £1,000 prize for ‘Outstanding achievement in challenging circumstances’ in recognition of its top Ofsted inspection and rapidly improving GCSE and A Level results.
Merton Council cabinet member for education Councillor Martin Whelton said: “We’re seeing standards increasing at many schools across Merton. This is wonderful news for pupils and teachers at Harris Academy, Merton and my congratulations go to everyone who contributes to making the school a great place to learn.”
The prize was presented by Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education, at a ceremony in central London. Mr Gove said: “London schools are the best in the whole country, so if you are the best schools in London that means you are the best schools in the country.”
Mr Leo Gilbert, Principal of the Academy, attended the ceremony with students. He said: “We were honoured to be chosen by the Evening Standard to win this award. It is a reflection of the amazing hard work of our students and teachers.”
He added: “We are also grateful to the Jack Petchey Foundation, which sponsors the awards, for our prize money. We will put it towards further improving our students’ education”.
Harris Academy Merton opened in September 2006, replacing Tamworth Manor High School. In the years that have followed, results have improved substantially. The Academy has been able to support improvement at other local schools, most notably the new Harris Academy Morden, which replaced Bishopsford School in September 2012.
To read more about the Evening Standard School Awards, visit their website.