More congratulations are in order for the Merton students who received their GCSE and vocational results today.
This cohort was significantly affected by the COVID pandemic over the past three school years, making their achievements all the more remarkable for the barriers they have had to overcome.
Early figures show that 80% of students achieved at least a pass grade (4-9) in GCSE English and maths, which is well above the very early national average of just over 70%. Here are just some of the highlights from Merton schools:
• At Raynes Park High School, there was an increase in the proportion of students achieving a ‘strong pass’ (grades 5-9) of 13% when compared to 2019.
• At Ricards Lodge High School, over half the grades in the subjects included in the English Baccalaureat were passes, and 82% of the grades in English and maths were grade 4 and above.
• At Rutlish School, 85% of grades in English and maths were grade 4 and above.
• At Ursuline High School, just under 90% of grades in English and maths were grade 4 and above, and the proportion where a ‘strong pass’ was achieved (grade 5 and above) was 74%.
• At Wimbledon College, just under 90% of grades in English and maths were grade 4 and above, and 57% of the English Baccalaureate grades were passes.
• At Melbury College, Canterbury Campus, the proportion of students achieving a pass in GCSE English and maths increased by 29%.
• At St Mark’s Academy, there were strong improvements in all key indicators, enabling the school to celebrate its best ever externally validated GCSE results.
Cllr Sally Kenny, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “What a pleasure it is to celebrate yet another strong showing by Merton students in their GCSEs.
“The work that the students put in, supported by their teachers, parents, guardians and families, has been rewarded in set of results which compare so favourably against the last ‘normal’ year of results before the pandemic.”
“I hope students enjoy the rest of their holidays and are looking forward to the next stage of education that they have planned.”