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Uxbridge College is the best college in London for ‘Value Added’ at A Level - as well as being one of the best colleges in the UK, according to new Government figures.
‘Value Added’ is a measure of how much improvement students make compared to their peers nationally. Sometimes described as ‘distance travelled’, Value Added reflects how much ‘value’ a school or college adds to its students, by comparing students’ achievement levels before they begin their A Levels to their performance when they finish. The Department for Education (DfE) figures show that 16-18 year olds taking A Levels are making better progress at Uxbridge College than at any other Sixth Form in Hillingdon, as well as any Sixth Form or Further Education college in the capital as a whole.
The figures for 2017 measure student improvement - which produces what are known as ‘Value Added’ scores.
The statistics rank the progress of students at all A Level providers including Colleges, school sixth forms and independent schools.
Amanda Washbrook, Head of Uxbridge College Sixth Form Centre, said: “It’s really important to us that we help every student achieve the very best they can while they are here with us, whether they achieved Cs or A*s at GCSE. Increasingly, measures of progress such as the A Level Value Added score are viewed as the best indicator of how well a school or college is doing for its students. It’s good to see that the Department for Education data that has just been published reflects the hard work of all of my staff and the excellent progress our A Level students are making.”
Value Added scores - also known as progress scores - are the outcome of calculations using a statistical formula. The scores are calculated by comparing the A Level results of students at a given school or college with the A level results of students in schools and colleges across England who started with similar results at the end of key stage 4.
A student from Uxbridge College is on his way to the regional heats of a national apprentice competition. Mitchell Mangan (22), is studying an Advanced Apprenticeship in Electrical Installation and was put forward for the SPARKS UK Electrical Apprentice of the Year Competition by his lecturer Amir Karbassi.
Level 3 Apprentice Mitchell will be taking part in one of seven regional heats to be held across January, February and March this year. He will be up against apprentices and students from around the rest of the UK, including Northern Ireland, and competing for a place in the Grand Final to be held on 11th and 12th April at the 3M Customer Innovation Centre in Bracknell.
The UK competition is organised every year by SPARKS Magazine for Level 2 or 3 students.
Amir said: “We entered Mitchell into the competition because of his commitment to high technical standards, his great attitude to learning, and his drive to do his best in all his assignments and assessments. We wish him all the best and will be keeping our fingers crossed for him in the regional heat at West Herts College on Thursday 15th February 2018.”
Apart from the prestige of being crowned the SPARKS UK Electrical Apprentice of the Year, the winner is set to walk away with prizes worth over £8,000 from the competition’s sponsors and contributing manufacturers who are all major industry names, including Platinum sponsor Schneider Electric.
“Students get a lot out of the competition.” said Natacha Fielding, Managing Director. “They make new friends, gain confidence in their abilities and enjoy the challenge of the competition.”
Uxbridge College has become the only organisation in the UK to be given a Platinum Award for its performance in the Reading Agency’s national Reading Ahead scheme for 2016/17 - and student Shajnah Farook one of only three students to win an achiever’s runner up prize in the National Prize Draw via The Reading Agency.
The College achieved Platinum status in the annual challenge for having more than 500 participants - a total of 503 - complete the requirement of reading six texts and writing a review of each of them. College library staff fed back on more than 3,000 reviews submitted by Reading Ahead participants. Completer Shajnah (19), an Art & Design student, won her prize after being entered in the national prize draw. She was presented with a certificate and Kobo e-reader by Shelley Cawley, Information and Learning Resources Manager at Uxbridge College, who co-ordinates Reading Ahead at the College.
Shelley Cawley said: “Uxbridge College is very excited to be receiving this Platinum Award particularly as we are the only organisation in the country to achieve it. I would like to say a very big congratulations and well done to Shajnah and to the students who took part, and to all those staff members who worked so hard to support them. Reading Ahead is a very effective way of motivating students to improve their literacy skills and their reading confidence, and we are very grateful to The Reading Agency for making the initiative possible.”
Reading Ahead Programme Manager Genevieve Clarke said: “We’re thrilled that Uxbridge College continues to excel at Reading Ahead. It’s wonderful to see a college encouraging its students and staff to enjoy reading and to reap all the rewards that it can bring for confidence, achievement and quality of life.”
Shajnah said: “I read and wrote reviews of articles from online newspapers, I learned new skills from writing the reviews and enjoyed reading more than I usually do. I was pleased to win the prize but I didn’t do anything more than the other students!”
Student completers were also presented with books and awards at an event with fantasy author Marcus Alexander who also signed autographs for them. Reading Ahead Programme Manager Genevieve Clarke also congratulated students at the event.
Reading Ahead has been run for the last ten years by the national charity The Reading Agency through public libraries, colleges, prisons and workplaces. The organisation with the next highest number of completers after Uxbridge College was The Manchester College, which received the Double Gold award with 369 completers.
The Reading Agency is supported with funding from Arts Council England and is the leading charity inspiring people of all ages and all backgrounds to read for pleasure and empowerment. Working with partners, their aim is to make reading accessible to everyone, and Reading Ahead is one of a number of initiatives it runs to support this aim.
For more information go to www.readingagency.org.uk