Provisional figures for Merton’s GCSEs out this week suggest that, in spite of national changes to the marking system and significant numbers of pupils appealing their grades, Merton’s results are on course to being second best ever, just below last year’s record performance.
Merton Council’s cabinet member for education Councillor Martin Whelton said: “Merton schools continue to perform strongly and this year has seen one of our best ever performances at GCSE with some of the fastest improving results in London over the last five years.
“I would like to congratulate all our young people who have achieved some great results. My thanks also go to their families and teachers who have supported them through their education. While our results are still provisional, we know there have been national issues in connection with the marking of some subjects, with appeals in progress and being considered, so we are unable to provide the borough average at this stage. We should celebrate the many successes of our young people. As a council we are committed to allowing our young people achieve their full potential through education with improving standards but also ensuring our schools give them the best possible start in life. ”