Merton champions female headteachers, bucking the national trend

New research shows Merton is one of just seven councils which bucks the national trend of women being strongly under-represented in headteacher roles.

A study by Dr Kay Fuller from the University of Nottingham shows that Merton is one of only seven English local authority areas which has a proportion of female secondary school headteachers which matched that of women teachers nationally.

The report assessed the number of female headteachers in post in state secondary schools in England, including free schools and academies, in the academic year 2015/16.

Five of the eight secondary schools in Merton have female headteachers. Of these, Ursuline High School in Wimbledon and Harris Academy Merton in Mitcham were rated Outstanding by Ofsted, while Ricards Lodge High School in Wimbledon, St Marks Church of England Academy in Mitcham and Raynes Park High School in Raynes Park were rated as Good.

Ursuline High School is one of the top 100 non-selective schools in the country.

Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Councillor Caroline Cooper-Marbiah, said: “We are proud that Merton is leading the way towards a more equal workforce of women headteachers. We value and celebrate diversity in our schools so it is encouraging to see that women are well represented in secondary school headteacher roles across the borough. Our female headteachers are important role models for girls and boys, inspiring their pupils to fulfil their potential during their education and in life.”