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A total of 125 students from Brunel University London and Uxbridge College joined forces to help out local people in Uxbridge as part of annual Good Deeds Day 2018.
The event was launched by the Mayor of Hillingdon Councillor Carol Melvin and her Consort Andrew, with other guests including Brunel’s Deputy Vice Chancellor Bill Leahy. All three were among visitors to The Pavilions who had free manicures provided by Uxbridge College’s Beauty Therapy students!
Activities on the day, which centred around The Pavilions shopping centre in Uxbridge, also included: free tea, coffee and cakes, craft activities, children’s board games, Digi Drop in at Uxbridge and Yiewsley libraries, volunteering at Thames Valley Hospice and Oxfam charity shops, serving lunch at Christchurch Cafe, Tea Dance at West Drayton & Yiewsley Community centre, bag packing in local supermarkets and litter picking in the town centre. And crowds of shoppers were entertained by the good deeds and the vibrant and energetic dance displays provided by Uxbridge College’s performing arts students, and fitness challenges set by the Brunel Burners American Football Team. Public Services students from Uxbridge College also took part in litter picking.
Armani Campbell, Student Support Officer – Citizenship and Volunteering Activities at Uxbridge College, said: “This annual event is a fantastic opportunity for students to give something back to their community, and to showcase their skills and act as ambassadors for the college. A big thank you to Brunel University London, The Pavilions Uxbridge, Uxbridge Forward and intu Uxbridge for making this event such a success.”
The theme for this year was ’Do something special for your Valentine’ and shoppers at The Pavilions shopping centre were encouraged to leave a special message for their Valentine. Three lucky ‘hearts’ were chosen at random to receive gifts of flowers and chocolates.
The event raised money for the Mayor of Hillingdon’s Charitable Trust, which supports The Lynda Jackson MacMillan Centre at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, The Halo Foundation - a bereavement support organisation for children and young people, and The 1st Northwood Scout Group.
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Uxbridge College is the best college, offering a full A Level programme, 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.”