A New Malden school has achieved national recognition for its strong academic performance in 2018.

Richard Challoner School was found to be among the best performing secondary schools in the country, receiving two awards for being in the top 10 per cent of non-selective schools nationally for attainment and progress.

Challoner School will be presented with their award during the summer term at a ceremony attended by winners from across the region.

Sean Maher, Headteacher of Richard Challoner School, said: “We are hugely proud of this achievement.

“Receiving these awards once again is a wonderful affirmation of all the hard work of students, staff and parents to ensure that all our students, whatever their background or academic ability, achieve their full potential.

“When we see that boys are significantly under-performing compared to girls on all national measures, it is truly wonderful to see the results the students achieve at our fully comprehensive boys’ school year after year.”

Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT said: “I am delighted that Richard Challoner School has won two Educational Outcomes Awards.

“This recognises one important aspect of the school’s work but at SSAT we believe an outstanding school has deep social justice at the heart of its plan; it subjects that plan to constant challenge and innovation; and it liberates teachers to perform brilliantly in the classroom.

“SSAT is pleased to recognise the quality of leadership and the hard work of all staff to ensure the success of every child. A big thank you and well done to students, parents, staff and governors.”