Uxbridge College students and staff were celebrating on Thursday 16th August when A level results arrived - showing an 8% increase in the pass rate at grades A-C.

Laraine Smith, Principal, said: "We can now all breathe a huge sigh of relief - no matter how hard everyone works, it is still really stressful waiting for the results.

"We are delighted to see the 8% improvement at grades A-C, and 100% pass rate in 13 of the 18 subjects sat at A level.

"Some of those who take A levels here had a shaky start at school, or challenges with their language skills, but found they have blossomed in the College environment.

"We might not compare to some of the borough's sixth forms in the league tables, but the distance travelled for so many of our students is huge, and their achievements can be incredible.

"A lot of our students are now going on to university or Higher Education courses, or taking up the jobs they wanted as a result of their successes at Uxbridge College.

"All our students and staff should be celebrating - they deserve it."

Top students included:

Saaber Shoyeb (18), of Iselworth, the top student at Uxbridge College with three grade As and two Bs at A level. His As were in chemistry, maths and physics, and his Bs in biology and further maths. He now hopes to study engineering and technology subjects at university overseas.

Rosanne Watson, of Uxbridge, who got three grade As and will now take a BSc in Government at the London School of Economics - whose graduates include Cherie Blair and American president John F Kennedy - and hopes to go on to join the Diplomatic Corps in Malaysia.

Rosanne (20), achieved A grades in English Literature, Government and Politics and Sociology.

She said: "What inspired me to choose it is my ambition to make a difference in this world and to show the world that as a small town girl from Malaysia, I can make a difference.

"The dedication and comprehensive teaching provided by all my lecturers at Uxbridge College has been amazing.

"I attended secondary school in my home city of Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia. I came to Uxbridge College as an International Student because I was interested in the A level course structure that was being offered."

Farhio-Mohamed Ali (28), bucked the trend of the male-dominated world of science by winning top A level grades in chemistry, biology and maths - and a place at university to study Neuroscience at the University of Manchester. She got grade A in chemistry and grade Bs in biology and mathematics.

She said: "I am really happy to have got the grades for my university place."

Madeeha Ahmed (18), from Hayes, got A grades in English language and literature, and Bs in government & politics and now has a place to study English at university.

Facts and figures for A levels (A2) at Uxbridge College 2007:

* Pass rate at grades A-C up from 55% in 2006 to 63%
* 10 subjects have improved their pass rates compared to 2006
* 13 subjects out of 18 showed a 100% pass rate
* 97% pass rate at grades A-E Compared to 96% in 2006
* Students sat 310 A levels (A2 levels).

For more information about enrolling at Uxbridge College call 01895 853333.

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