Students and their teachers at schools across Merton received their GCSE results today after a difficult academic year that was complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
With schools only open for the children of key workers and particularly vulnerable children since March, all GCSE exams due to take place in May and June were cancelled. The results achieved today have been based on teacher assessed grades, unless the moderated grade given by the exam board was higher. Some pupils who took BTEC Level 1 and 2 courses are still waiting for their results, after a last minute decision by Ofqual.
Because of the way the grades have been determined, we’re unable to report borough-wide results, but schools across the borough are celebrating the efforts of their pupils and staff.
Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools, Councillor Eleanor Stringer, said: “A huge congratulations to all our Merton students who are getting GCSE results today. The last few months of any GCSE course can be difficult even at the best of times, so my heart goes out to this cohort who have had to deal with the uncertainty and additional stress caused by a global pandemic. Whether or not each of them have received the grades they were hoping for today, the resilience that they’ve shown in getting through the past few months will serve them well.
“I also want to give a heartfelt thanks to our amazing teachers and other school staff, whose dedication and hard work is so vital to the success of our young people. Not only have they been there for our students over these last few testing months, but they’re also on hand today to support them with their next steps.”