Merton pupils praised for school attendance levels

Pupils at schools in Merton have been praised for attendance levels which outshine the average for schools across the country.

Attendance at primary, secondary, special and pupil referral units is also better than outer London average, according to figures just released by the Department for Education.

Merton’s Cabinet member for education Councillor Caroline Cooper-Marbiah said: “Regular attendance at school is vital to help children achieve and get the best possible start in life. There is a strong link between good school attendance and achieving good results.

“I would like to thank pupils, parents and guardians for these excellent attendance figures and say how grateful we are staff to at our schools for their hard work to achieve them.”

The figures, which are for the 2015/16 academic year, show that:

  • Primary schools achieved 96.2 per cent against a national average of 96 per cent.
  • Secondary schools 95.3 per cent compared to 94.8 per cent.
  • Special schools 92.4 per cent compared to 90.9 per cent
  • Pupil referral units 81.4 per cent compared to 67.4 per cent.

The attendance figures are the latest good news for local schools.

Merton Council has 40 maintained primary schools across the borough with 88% rated good or outstanding and with pupil progress in reading and maths ranking Merton 10th and 11th nationally.

Merton Council’s maintained secondary schools are in the top three performing secondary academy trusts and LAs based on pupil improvement. All Merton’s maintained secondary schools are Ofsted-rated good or outstanding and have seen some of the fastest improving GCSE results in the country in recent years.