Merton secondary schools among the best in the country


King’s College School in Wimbledon is celebrating after ranking second in the country for AS and A Level results.


By Tamsin Crouch, Ed Greenland, Louise Quick and Khaleda Rahman

Merton’s secondary schools are celebrating being among the best in the country, following the release of the national secondary school league tables last week.

King’s College School, an independent boys school in Wimbledon, ranked second in the country for AS and A Level results.

Pupils also excelled at GCSE level with 99% achieving five or more A* to C grades, placing it in the top 200 performing schools in the country.

Headmaster, Andrew Halls, said: “We have always been a strong academic school, but to beat all the other boys’ schools, all the other co-ed schools, all the other IB schools, it’s a fantastic moment for us.”

He added the school does the International Baccalaureate and the scores are translated across to the A Level equivalent.

And after acheiving its best ever results in the summer, the school was named The Sunday Times IB School of the Year 2012/13.

On the subject of the accolade, Mr Halls said: “At King’s, everyone is a contributor – way beyond the call of duty. This award reflects that very positive spirit throughout the school.”

He is delighted with the school’s recent performance and said it is the best it has ever been.

He added that although the school has a strong academic background, students are also involved in many extra-curricular activities, including drama and music.

Staff and pupils were also celebrating at Wimbledon High School, where 27% of pupils achieved at least AAB.

Other success stories include Wimbldeon’s Ursuline High School where 84% of pupils got good GCSEs, followed by Rutlish School with 74% and Harris Academy, Merton, with 62%.

Merton Council cabinet member for education, Councillor Martin Whelton, said: “We are delighted to see our secondary school pupils performing so well and it’s great news that the league tables show the borough’s best ever progress in Maths.  Congratulations are due to the pupils and teachers who have worked hard to achieve these good results.”

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