Students and teachers at Sutton’s schools have been celebrating this year’s GCSE performance with results well above the national average.

On the whole, 84.2% of students achieved five 9-4 grades, 9 being the highest and four a standard pass, including in English and Maths, compared to a national average pass rate of 67.3%.

For the third year running, pupils in England received GCSE results graded from 9-1, rather than the traditional A*-E, under a reformed system originally introduced only for maths, English language and English literature.

Keith Batchelor, headteacher at The Beacon School, Banstead, said: “We are delighted that the hard work of students and staff has paid off this summer.

"It has been a delight to share the news with them this morning.

“We are especially pleased with the very significant increase in the top grades of 8s and 9s.

"We look forward to welcoming them into our sixth form.”

Councillor Marian James, Chair of the People Committee at Sutton Council, said: “The Council is ambitious for our borough and is committed to making sure that Sutton keeps its reputation as a great place to live, work and raise a family.

"I am delighted that pupils in Sutton schools have continued to excel and receive amazing GCSE results.

“Congratulations to all pupils on their hard work. I would like to thank the hugely dedicated teachers, governors and support staff who work so passionately on behalf of all our young people in Sutton.”