Merton schools buck national trend with big improvement in GCSE results

Merton’s schools have bucked the national trend with big improvements to its GCSE results, just out today. The results show a jump up from the borough’s results last year and also score well above the national average.

Rutlish pupils collect their GCSE results. Photos (l-r) Kerel Babb, George Elbogen, Daniel Ostrowski, Leader of the council Councillor Stephen Alambritis, Cabinet member for education Councillor Caroline Cooper-Marbiah, Jack Oldridge, Ben freeman John Ogunyemi, Jack Johnson and Torrential Andersen

Rutlish pupils collect their GCSE results.
Photos (l-r) Kerel Babb, George Elbogen, Daniel Ostrowski, Leader of the council Councillor Stephen Alambritis, Cabinet member for education Councillor Caroline Cooper-Marbiah, Jack Oldridge, Ben freeman
John Ogunyemi, Jack Johnson and Torrential Andersen

Eighty-one percent of pupils at state schools in the borough achieved A* – C in English, up from 77% in the borough last year and 21% above this year’s national average. Seventy-seven percent of pupils achieved A*-C in maths, up on last year’s 72% and 16% above this year’s national average. In both English and maths, 72% pupils achieved A*-C, a significant leap from last year’s 62% for the borough.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for education Councillor Caroline Cooper-Marbiah said: “I am proud that Merton has bucked the national trend with some fantastic results from our young people. Congratulations go to all our pupils who have worked so hard to achieve their GCSEs and thanks must also go to our dedicated teaching staff and the families who support our young people and help them achieve their full potential. Our Merton maintained schools have done exceptionally well and it’s wonderful seeing them go from strength to strength.”

Leader of Merton Council Councillor Stephen Alambritis said: “Another bumper year for all our current schools, and as we look forward to welcoming a new Harris school to the borough, we are pleased to see our current Harris schools reporting their best ever results. All Merton’s schools are getting better and better and we can look forward to providing opportunity and bright futures to all our young people across the borough.”

Headteacher of Rutlish School Alex Williamson said: “Rutlish students have again achieved excellent GCSE results. We have maintained, and in many areas, improved upon last year’s outcomes in terms of overall attainment and progress. Sixty of our boys have achieved five or more A*/A grades in their results with 15 boys achieving more than 10A*/A grades. Over 25% of our grades were at A*/A and over 50% at A* to B. These alongside the great results from RR6 ensure Rutlish continues to go from strength to strength.”

Students at St Mark's celebrate their GCSE results.

Students at St Mark’s celebrate their GCSE results.

Headteacher of St Mark’s Academy Lisa Peterkin said: “Following my return from maternity leave this year, I am delighted to see significant improvements in all headline GCSE figures at St Mark’s. Our students have achieved such positive GCSE results. A massive thank you to the staff who have worked hard to drive improvements this year. Fifty-five percent of our students have achieved Grade C or above in English and Maths, this has improved by 16% in one year. We have also seen record numbers of our 6th form students going to University. This is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our students. St Mark’s is a remarkable school filled with exceptional students. Our values of Love, Hope and Trust permeate the school and I am confident that we will continue to transform the lives of young people.”

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Note to editor
At the time of going to press, the results for Harris Morden were not available.

  Merton 2016 Merton 2015 National average 2016
A*-C in English 81% 77% 60.2%
A*-C in maths 77% 72% 61.0%
A*-C in English and maths 72% 62% Not published today (2015 national average was 55.8)