Merton GCSE results 2012
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- Today is the big day for thousands of teenagers across Merton as they find out what they got for their GCSEs this morning
- Big improvements at St Mark's Academy, Mitcham
- Best ever results for Ursuline High School, Wimbledon and Rutlish School, Merton Park
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My kid didn't get any A's or A*'s today. He did get 10 GCSE PASSES. I promise I'm as proud as the parents of kids hitting headlines though.— @daysofspeed 23 August 2012
No results yet for Bishopsford Arts College in Morden... or should I say Harris Academy Morden according to their website?
Bishopsford is becoming an academy school after it failed its Ofsted earlier this year and was put under Special Measures.
I had asked the Department of Education last week whether the Secretary of State had now signed off the Harris Federation as its sponsor, which would make it a sister school of Harris Academy, Merton.
They were not able to confirm but said: “We expect Harris Academy Morden to open in September.”
King’s College School said its Fifth formers produced a “fine performance” in their GCSE exams, after 90 per cent of grades awarded were A*‐A - with 63 per cent of all grades being A*.
Twenty-four boys at the elite independent boys' school attained straight A* grades and 74 per cent gained a total of 10 or more A* or A grades.
The Head Master, Mr Andrew Halls, said: “Not only have these boys produced a
superb collection of GCSE results, but the vast majority has achieved these heights whilst still enjoying and dedicating themselves to their co‐curricular passions."
The Deputy Head, Miss Margaret Hunnaball, was keen to also highlight the school’s success in rugby.
She said: “There are numerous examples of breadth in excellence at King’s across the curriculum; one is certainly the Fifth Form (Under 16) A Rugby Team which has only lost three matches from their entire 40 fixtures played during their time at King’s.
“Significantly, one third of the A Team players have just gained 10 or more A* GCSE grades, whilst two of these top academic performers have been selected for The Welsh Exiles RFC and Harlequins RFC respectively.”
And here they are - the kings of King's?
Top marks were also the order of the day at Ricards Lodge High School in Lake Road, Wimbledon, reports Stephanie Harrison .
An estimated 58 per cent of pupils attained grades A*- C including English and maths (88 per cent got five A*-C grades for any subject).
Headteacher, Alison Jerrard, said: “They’ve all worked hard. We’re very proud of their achievements.”
Star pupil Rebecca Davies came away with a staggering 11 A* grades plus a distinction star for a BTEC course in Performing Arts Performance.
Rebecca’s grades also included a level three sixth form additional maths exam.
Pictured are: Faith Solate, Okemute Brughoro, Eman Djennas, Ashanti Ramsey Hamilton, Rebecca Davies, Angela Kumah, Temiloluwa Elubode and Mahreen Zaidi.
Happy days as exam grades revealed. Pictured are Elaine Noakes, Fola Adeyemi, Timi Adeyemi, Kirah Arwani, Rebecca Davies and Angela Kumah.
Alex Williamson, Headteacher at Rutlish School , said he is "once again pleased to announce that the results at Rutlish School have improved significantly".
The figure of 74 per cent of students who got five A*-C grades (including English and Maths) is an improvement of 10 per cent compared to last year.
They are the school's best ever set of GCSE results.
Mr Williamson said: "This is a tremendous achievement by the boys and reflects the hard work put in by the students and staff at Rutlish as well as the committed support of parents and Governors."
Pictured (L-R): Mark Norbury, Ilyas Sheikh, Matthew King, Councillor Maxi Martin (cabinet member for children's services), Dalton Glynn and David Boorer
Although we await final confirmation, it's highly likely that @merton_council 5 A*-C #GCSE incl Eng & Maths are over 60% 4 the 1st time.— @martinwhelton 23 August 2012
Students from Wimbledon High School are today celebrating another enviable set of GCSE results, with 33 girls (38 per cent) getting a clean sweep of A* or A grades.
Fourteen students have been awarded nine A*s or more - 41.5 per cent of all grades are A*, 81 per cent are A* and A grades and 96 per cent A* to B grades.
Twenty students at the independent girls' school gained full marks in at least one of their exams, with one student gaining full marks in four of her GCSEs.
Heather Hanbury, Headmistress, said: “We hear that it’s getting tougher to get an A* or A grade at GCSE (and for the first time this year, we have moved to iGCSE in Maths and English) but a large number of our students are bucking this trend.
"Congratulations to our girls on their results and to the teachers who helped them achieve them.
“We look forward to seeing the girls back at school soon as they embark on their A level courses.”
In total, 99.7 per cent of pupils got at least five A*-C grades (inc English and Maths).
News from Rutlish School in Merton Park: 74 per cent of students got at least five A*-C GCSEs (including English and Maths).
This is up from 64 per cent last year for the boys' school - so another well done to them.
News in from Ursuline High School, who are reporting "outstanding" results.
82 per cent got five A*-C grades (inc English and Maths) while, 90 per cent of girls attained a C or above in Mathematics. And 97 per cent of students got at least five A*-C grades in any subject.
The schools says these are their best ever results - well done!
Now here's one to make the rest of us feel distinctly average - a 10-year-old has got an A grade in Maths.
Hiroaki ('Hiro') Endo - born in 2001 - passed his International GCSE after taking it six years early at the independent Hall School Wimbledon.
According to his Maths teacher, Jim Brook: "I knew we had someone special.
"When Hiro used quadratic equations to solve a problem which he himself had invented in a Year 4 lesson.
"His workings showed great maturity and an excellent command of English too.”
Hiro, whose favourite subjects are Games and Mathematics, said he really enjoys algebra.
The school's headmaster, Tim Hobbs, explained: “The International GCSE (IGCSE) is considered equivalent to the old O-Level qualification rather than the current GCSE in England.
"It is thought to be more rigorous in terms of examination difficulty, which makes it more interesting for the brighter pupil.
"All pupils at Hall School Wimbledon take IGCSEs in Mathematics and the Sciences and there are growing numbers taking their IGCSEs early.
"Hiro has performed exceptionally well and should be very proud of his achievement."
Congratulations to Mr Mallaband and all the staff, students and proud families of St Marks Academy. GCSE results up from 43%to54% Well done!— @SiobhainMP 22 August 2012
So what a year for St Mark's Academy! Twelve months ago they celebrated a massive improvement in their GCSE results after turning around its troubled past.
Then in May they hosted the Queen's first visit to Mitcham (took her long enough!)
According to the principal, Chris Mallaband, this improvment is down to having a strong academy sponsors - the CfBT Education trust and the Diocese of Southwark.
He said: “We are building an academy that is academically successful and underpinned by the strong values that come with being a Church school.
"Having a strong Academy sponsor (CfBT) has helped us make the rapid improvement that we needed to do.”
Their top performers today include Sherena Bushay , who got one A*, ten As and one B. Sherena is pictured on the right below with Taylor-Marie-Bell Chambers (left) and Emily Rouse (centre).
All this GCSE talk brings back memories of my Wimbledon College days. I was a proper Star Trek watching nerd back then, now I'm... Oh wait.— @dan_noctor 23 August 2012
Our first results today come from St Mark's Church of England Academy in Mitcham, whose teachers are celebrating big improvements for the second year running.
The number of students who got five good GCSEs (including English and Maths) has leapt to 56 per cent - up from 43 per cent in 2011 and 23 per cent in 2010 - which were the worst in the borough.
Students with five A*-C = 56% (with English and Maths); 88% (with or without English and Maths)
This means that St. Mark's is one of the fastest improving schools in London.
The academy's principal, Chris Mallaband, said: "These results represent outstanding achievements by the pupils here – they worked their socks off and deserve their success.
"The staff who have worked with them have done a brilliant job and the results will inspire all in the academy to do even better next year!
"We are confident that the improvement will continue and are setting ourselves the target of 70 per cent for next year.”
Good luck to everyone about to recieve their #GCSE results - looking forward to visiting #Merton schools in the morning.— @martinwhelton 22 August 2012
So it's that time of year again. Look out of your window this morning and you may just see glimpses of 16-year-olds trudging slowly to school as if they are about to walk the plank.
Two years of lessons, homework assignments, coursework, tests, practice exams and the GCSE exams themselves amount to a list of letters on a piece of paper which will influence their futures.
And there's no systematic resitting of these exams like for the A-Levels!