Merton's secondary schools continue to be the top performing in the country for GCSEs and A levels, according to the revised results figures released by the Government.

This comes as 100 per cent of secondary schools in the borough continue to be judged good or outstanding by Ofsted.

The revised Progress 8 scored, published (Thursday 25 January) by the Department for Education, show the progress pupils make between the end of Key Stage 2 and the end of Key Stage 4 compared to other teenagers across England who achieved similar results.

The score is based on result in up to eight qualifications including English, maths, three English Baccalaureate qualifications including sciences, computer science, history, geography and languages.

Schools are given a score above or below zero to indicate whether pupils are progressing above or below the national average which is combined to give an overall local authority score.

Merton had a well above average score of 0.51 which in light of the revised figures rank Merton schools first in the country.

Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Councillor Caroline Cooper-Marbiah said: “I am enormously proud that Merton’s state schools are officially the best in the country for pupil progress, a testament to the hard work of all our teaching staff and pupils.

“A record number of families are choosing our schools. This is great news and means the need for our brand new school in South Wimbledon is more urgent than ever.

“We want as many Merton children as possible to benefit from an excellent education close to where they live.”

Attainment 8 is a new way of calculating pupil achievement - and again Merton has outperformed the average for the rest of the country.

Attainment 8 measures the achievement of a pupil across eight qualifications, with mathematics and English given extra weight.

In England the average attainment 8 score was 44.6 in 2017. The average score in Merton was 50.2.

These were the highest performing schools in Merton, according to their Attainment 8 scores:

Ursuline High School Wimbledon - 59

Wimbledon College - 55.3

Ricards Lodge High School - 54.4

Rutlish School - 51.7

Harris Academy Morden - 50.9

Harris Academy Merton - 49.6

St Mark's Church of England Academy - 43.2

Raynes Park High School - 42.6