Both our children attend the local state secondary schols in Merton. Our daughter is at Ricards Lodge and our son has just left Rutlish. It is extremely frustrating to read articles denigrating state schools, particularly when these are based on inaccurate information and anecdote, such as that by Andrew Penman in Family Guardian (4.9.10) who specifically named Rutlish. Our son has been very happy at Rutlish. He had some excellent teachers, fantastic opportunities and made some great friends. He has just left with 10 GSCEs, 7 at Grade A and above.