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A Level students at Uxbridge College are celebrating some excellent individual successes, along with great results across the board too.
A total of 98% of students achieved A*-E grades, placing the college in line with national figures and heralding another year of expected ‘Value Added’ success on DfE tables, which are published in January. Value Added is a measure of the progress that students make compared to their GCSE grades.
As well as students who have achieved good grades at school, Uxbridge College also welcomes those who may not have fulfilled their potential at school, or need extra support or to learn language skills, and who then go on to demonstrate significant improvements. The college has a strong track record of students with lower GCSE grades making progress above the national rate and achieving excellent A Level results, and often going on to enter the university of their choice.
Achievers this year included:
Marcus Davenport (22), from Uxbridge, who made exceptional progress at college, starting on a Foundation Studies course and going on to achieve A*, A and B. Marcus, who has a learning disability and received extra support at college, is now off to Brunel University to study History & Politics. He also excelled in college activities such as the Reading Ahead scheme, debating competition, and MP’s Q&A.
Navleen Mutti (18), from Hayes, who will be studying Economics at the University of Surrey after achieving an A* and A and a B.
Nadeem Moledina (20), from Pinner, who achieved A*, A and B and is going to Nottingham University to study Physics and Philosophy.
For grades A*-C this year, which is the first in which the students all completed their courses on the new linear system - which means that all exams are sat at the end of the second year, rather than being carried over from the AS Level year - the figure was 74%.
Darrell DeSouza, Vice Principal Curriculum and Standards at Uxbridge College, said: “Congratulations to all our achievers - we are extremely proud of them all, particularly considering how far many have travelled given their starting point when they arrived at college. In addition, a number of our A Level achievers at Uxbridge College, which is the best west London college for 16-18 year old performance overall, also completed their GCSEs at college, either for the first time or after taking their exams at school.
“These very positive results also bode well for next year’s Value Added scores, which this year saw Uxbridge College coming 4th nationally out of all FE Colleges and Sixth Form Colleges, and becoming best London College, for institutions offering a full A Level programme.”
Other top achievers included Abin Rai with two A* and an A; Ovidiu Tirnovan with an A* and two A grades; and Fozia Patel with three A grades.
Students from schools all over the west London area took part in an event to bring science and engineering to life, hosted at Uxbridge College.
The Big Bang West London, supported by STEM Learning, was open to students age 8-18 years.
Hundreds of young people took part in workshops and activities supported by organisations including:
Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
The IET (Institution for Engineering and Technology)
Middlesex County Automobile Club
University of West London
National Space Academy
Morgan Sindall Aviation
Robotics Workshops for Schools
Jeremy King: Engineering in Schools
London Air Ambulance
Nick Sayers' Giant Drawing Machine
This Big Bang London event was part of a national network of events under The Big Bang banner, and was organised by Uxbridge College and Seventh Corner. The national programme includes similar regional events, The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair at Birmingham NEC, and The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Competition.
The Big Bang aims to encourage more young people to take STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) subjects and to celebrate their achievements in this area.
Pictured: Simon Jackson from Chelsea FC Foundation (centre) with a shirt signed by Chelsea’s Gary Cahill and César Azpilicueta and donated to Uxbridge College, with two students from Uxbridge College Football Development Centre, Omar Hassan on his left, and Adrian Bychowski right. Football Development Centre Head Coach Laura Kaminski is second right, with (from left) Uxbridge College’s Dan Lloyd, Martina Ashton, Darrell DeSouza, Laraine Smith and Shayne Chandler.
Uxbridge College and Chelsea Football Club Foundation have joined forces in a dynamic association designed to give the best sporting opportunities to students.
Uxbridge College Football Development Centre, open to full-time students at Uxbridge College, is now being backed by the Foundation to support young men and women in making the best of their sporting potential.
Chelsea Football Club Foundation coaching staff will work alongside the Football Development Centre Head Coach and A licence holder Laura Kaminski to deliver high quality football sessions in first-class training facilities and compete in Association of Colleges/English Colleges Football Association league and cup matches. Each member of the Football Development Centre will receive a Chelsea training kit and will play matches in a Chelsea strip. The link will be further enhanced by guest speakers from Chelsea Football Club as well as visits to Chelsea under 23 and youth fixtures, the training ground in Cobham and an opportunity to gain coaching qualifications.
Laraine Smith OBE, Principal of Uxbridge College said: “We are delighted and excited to be working in association with Chelsea Football Club Foundation, an organisation that mirrors our own high standards and expectations. The collaboration and support networks available will enable Uxbridge College Football Development Centre to further its commitment to providing the best possible opportunities for our students to maximise their academic and sporting potential. It goes without saying that it is fantastic to have world-renowned support such as this and we can’t wait to see our students benefiting from this exciting new collaboration.”
Keith Harmes from CFC Foundation said: “The desire of Uxbridge College to develop a first class football programme shone through at the very first meeting. With such excellent facilities and a programme that will undoubtedly be one of the very best the area has to offer, it will be exciting times ahead. Combining academic studies with a fulfilling football programme, delivered by top quality coaching staff, is such a fantastic opportunity for the students. We all look forward to watching the development not only of the college football teams, but also of the individuals involved.”
Uxbridge College Football Development Centre is now recruiting for September 2018 entry.