Students at Uxbridge College bucked the trend for 'softer' subjects at GCSE showing huge success in maths, sciences and languages.

Laraine Smith, new Principal of Uxbridge College, based in Park Road, Uxbridge, said: "Yet again our students and staff have worked really hard and that work has paid off - it is definitely time to celebrate.

"We are delighted to see such a strong showing in maths, the sciences, ICT and languages, particularly amid so much concern nationally that there is too much bias towards 'softer' subjects.

"Some of our greatest successes at GCSE are people who may have had a shaky start at school, or had to work on their skills in English language, but have thrived here at college.

"We will look forward to seeing many of our GCSE successes back at college to take either A Levels or one of a huge range of vocational courses such as BTECs which will put them ahead of the competition either in terms of jobs or going on to Higher Education courses."

* Pass rate for students at higher grades (A*-C) was 60% compared to last year's 57%
* Overall pass rate at grades A*-G was 94%
* 99% of students sitting Information and Communication Technology (ICT) achieved grade A*-C (an improvement of 12% on the previous year) - of those 36% achieved A* or A grade
* Science success rates were up including: chemistry with 77% of 119 students taking the subject achieving A*-C, up 22% on the previous year; biology with 53% of the 150 students sitting the exam achieving A*-C, up 13% on last year
* 100% achievement at A*-C in foreign languages Arabic, Dutch, French, Italian, Spanish, Persian, and Urdu
* Students sat a total of 1076 GCSEs.

Top performers included:

Sahar Zargarzadeh (20), of Feltham, who achieved five grade As - in biology, chemistry, physics, maths and Persian.

She said: "I'm surprised and really happy, I did not think I would do so well - it's fantastic. It was hard work but the teachers were great and it is well worth it seeing the results."

She will be taking science and maths A Levels at Uxbridge College and wants to become a pharmacist.

Milosz Kostusiak got two A* grades (Information and Communication Technology [ICT] and chemistry), two A grades (biology and maths) and a C in English.

Hira Singh (18), of Hayes, achieved A* grades in ICT and maths, an A grade in physics, and B grades in physics and English.

He said: "I am so excited - I am very happy about my grades, especially my A* in maths. I am coming back now to do A levels in maths, ICT and physics. I am the first person in my family to do GCSEs."

Richard Manthorpe (17), of Northolt, achieved A grades in chemistry and ICT, Bs in maths and physics, and a C in English.

He said: "I feel really happy - I'm going to be celebrating but I'm not sure what we're doing yet."

Krishan Kieran Budoo, of West Drayton, got A grades in ICT, biology and chemistry, and B grades in history and maths.

He said: "I was feeling a bit tense before I came in to pick up my results but I am really happy now."

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