Merton GCSE results day 2013: Mitcham, Wimbledon, Raynes Park, Morden

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  • Nervous GCSE students will today be picking up their results.
  • Follow this story which will update through the day as we receive results from schools across Merton.
  • Do you know someone with a success story? Contact the newsdesk on 020 8722 6336, email lmay@london.newsquest.co.uk or tweet @wimbledonnews

5:06pm

That's it for today folks! 

Congratulations to everyone who received their results today. Great results from across the board in Merton.  

For a full round up of results see the Wimbledon Guardian next week, out on Thursday. 

Please continue to send any news or success stories to lmay@london.newsquest.co.uk

 

4:03pm

More news just in from Kings College School.

Four of their boys gained an outstanding 13 A*s and one A - a total of 14 GCSE's.

Here's Michael Tsoukkas, one of those four boys, celebrating his fantastic achievement. 


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3:07pm

A stunning achievement from Harris Academy Merton student Muhammad Malhi who achieved an impressive 13 A*s! Can anyone beat that? 

Pictured here with his father Shehzad.

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Students at Ursuline High School who got eight or more A*s:

  • Sophie Taylor
  • Sophie Aminu-Edu
  • Ann Mare Kayanja
  • Lucy Mordaunt
  • Eloise Peck
  • Emmaculate Jeyarajah
  • Katherine Gardner
  • Laura Keys
  • Nomondary Quille
  • Danielle Sams
  • Kerri Davidson

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2:03pm

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2:01pm

Results are in from Raynes Park High who have seen some star performers. 

  • 44 per cent of students achieved 5 A* to C grades, including English and maths, matching last year's result. 
  • 70 per cent of students achieved 5 A* to C grades in any subject, down by 5 per cent on last year.  

Among the star pupils were Yousuf Akbar and Talal Islam who each gained 10 GCSEs at A*/A.

Ciara Sauvage gained 9 A*/As and Anita Mensah and Bradley Cooper Barnard both got 7 A*/As.

Phil Wheatley, headteacher, said: "We are encouraged with our 2013 exam results which demonstrate the strong foundations set and progress we are making.

"We are confident that this upward trend will continue and accelerate in the years to come as we remain ambitious for our future and for our students.”

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1:53pm

Results are in from Harris Academy Morden which has been open for one year having taken over Bishopsford Arts College last year.

• 57 per cent of pupils achieve A* to C grades, including English and maths, up 10 per cent on last year.

Mr Lee Mallin, principal of Harris Academy Morden said: “I would like to congratulate our students and staff on marking our first year as an Academy with a strong set of GCSE results.

“It has been heartening to see many of our students achieving the results they were hoping for.

“We place high expectations for improvement on them and they have very much risen to the challenge.”

1:51pm

Great results at Harris Academy Merton this year where there has been a continued improvement.

  • 75 percent of students got 5 A* to C grades, including English and maths, up by 13 per cent on last year.
  • 100 per cent of pupils got 5 A* to C grades in any subject. 

Mr Andy Halpin, Executive Principal of Harris Academy Merton said: “These are fantastic GCSE results which reflect the very high expectations that everyone at our Academy seeks to fulfil.

“As well as representing a large rise on last year’s results, these grades mean that our results have more than trebled since opening as an Academy.

“I am very proud of our students and look forward to seeing them reproduce this success in the Harris Sixth Form and beyond.”

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Twins Sharmin and Naheyan Gafoor, Ammye Miah and Karthica Satchi pick up their results. 

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CJ Carrington open his result with his mum. He got 9 A*s.

 

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Matching results for twins Sharmin and Naheyan Gafoor (16) who both got 5 A*S pleased with 5 A*s.

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Twins Sharmin and Naheyan Gafoor, both got 5 A*s. CJ Carrington (right) got 9 A* stars and Muhammad Malhi (left) got 13 A*. 

 

1:17pm

Fantastic results from Wimbledon College whose students have achieved their best ever results.  

  • 90 per cent of students achieved 5 A* to C, up from 77 per cent last year.
  • 80 per cent of students achieved 5 A*to C grades (including English and Maths), up from 56 per cent last year]
  • 11 boys achieved 11 A* to A grades.
  • Karol Ciszek achieved straight A*s
  • Twins Ciaran and Patrick Hoban achieved 19 A*s and 3 As between them.

Adrian Laing, head master, said: "We are extremely pleased with our outstanding results.

"They are the best results that Wimbledon College has ever achieved.

"Credit must be given to the boys who have worked very  hard and have achieved the results that they deserve."

1:07pm

Results in from St. Mark’s Church of England Academy in Mitcham.

  • 52 per cent of students acheived 5 A* to C grades (including English and maths), a slight drop by four per cent on last year's results.

The school has seen significant improvement to results in recent years. In 2012 the percentage of students achieving 5 A* to C was 56 per cent, up from 43 per cent in 2011 and 23 per cent in 2010.

Chris Mallaband, principal at the school, said “We are really proud of the achievements of our students. 

"It is clear that it is getting tougher to get the key higher grades in English and maths and we are pleased to see the academy consolidating on the rapid progress made over the last three years. 

"There are some outstanding individual achievements and strong achievements in all areas of the curriculum.”

12:03pm

Girls celebrate their results at Wimbledon High School. 

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Results are in from Wimbledon High School. 

  • 100 per cent of students achieved 5 A* - C grades
  • 100 per cent of students achieved 5 A* - C including (English & Maths), up 0.3 per cent on last year.
  • 40 per cent of students gained all A or A* grades, up two per cent on last year.
  • 56 per cent of grades were A*, 87 per cent were A* or A and 98 per cent were A* to B grades.
  • 18 girls achieved nine A*s or more.
  • Nine students achieved 10 or more A*s.

Heather Hanbury, head mistress, said: “Despite talk in the press about a downward pressure on grades, particularly in science, we have seen them rise today, so I am thrilled for the girls and for our teachers. 

"I am especially pleased as this is the first year that our students have taken IGSCEs in the Sciences, Modern Foreign Languages, English, Maths and History.

"It’s a fantastic day for the school; the girls should be very proud.

“We look forward to seeing the girls back at school soon as they embark on their A level courses, though a good number are braving today’s rain and heading for Reading music festival in the meantime for well-earned down-time!”

 

10:20am

Results in from Kings College School in Wimbledon who have broken their own record for A*/A grade attainment in GCSE and IGCSE exams. 

  • An amazing 76 percent of pupils achieved all A* grades.
  • 96 percent of pupils achieved all A* - A grades.
  • Both are school records. 
  • 80 boys got ten straight A*s
  • 35 boys got 12 or more A* grades.

International GCSE qualifications were introduced in 2009 and feature less coursework and are more exam based.

Andrew Halls, headmaster, said: "We moved pretty well totally over to IGCSE some years ago.  

"We wanted more rigorous exams, less coursework, more experiments in science, and more emphasis on the old-fashioned virtue of learning to love - or at least respect - the subject you are studying.  

"GCSE had become all about hoop-jumping, and neither the staff nor the boys really fancied that. 

"IGCSE has been better for King's boys, and they have shown that in style this year.  

"The figure of 76 per cent of all grades at A* is remarkably consistent across the IGCSEs they have taken, and the GCSEs which we still take in a small number of subjects. 

"I can't speak highly enough of both the teachers and the boys: together, they have broken all school records.

"At the same time, they have played a massive part in the extra-curricular life of the school - and I am a firm believer in the principle that busy pupils do best."

Former students of the school include Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons and 17-year-old Nick D'Aloisio who this year sold an app he designed himself for £20m.
 

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9:41am

Pupils picking up their results today are doing so amid reports there could be turbulence in grades, due to changes in the way papers are marked.

The way the science papers are marked has been toughened-up and for the first time pupils will be marked on their grammar and spelling in subjects other than English.

Teaching unions say the changes mean this year's results will be difficult to compare with previous years.

9:21am

9:18am

First results are in from Ursuline High School who are celebrating another year of successful GCSE results. 

  • 98 per cent of students achieved 5 A*- C grades in any subject, up 1 per cent on last year. 
  • 75 per cent of students achieved 5 A* - C grades (including English and maths), down by seven per cent on last year, while 88 percent of girls attained a C or above in mathematics, down slightly by two per cent on last year. 
  • 55 per cent of students achieved 3 A*- A grades. 

Julia Waters, headteacher, said: "’We are particularly delighted with our maths and science results with 37 per cent of  students attaining the top grades of A*/A in maths and science. 

"Well done to all our students on their well-deserved results.’’

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8:55am

This morning thousands of 15 and 16 year-olds up and down the country will be receiving their GCSE results.

Follow results here live as they come in from schools across the borough. 

Got a success story? Let us know how you did by contacting the newsdesk on 020 8722 6336 or emailing lmay@london.newsquest.co.uk

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