Students and staff are celebrating after Uxbridge College became number one in London for educating young people.

Uxbridge College came top in new figures from the Learning and Skills Council for 2005-6 - beating every one of the capital's 38 other further education providers.

The College, which has campuses in Uxbridge and Hayes, showed a success rate of 80% for 16-18-year-olds on long qualifications. Long qualifications - mainly full-time courses lasting a year or more - are taken by around 3,000 full-time students of this age.

Laraine Smith, Principal of Uxbridge College, said: "As you can imagine, we are absolutely thrilled that Uxbridge College is now number one in London when it comes to training young people.

"This means we are the best for all qualifications including GCSEs, A-Levels, BTECs and all sorts of other qualifications which prepare students for the workplace or to do higher qualifications such as degrees.

"These figures prove that all the work we have done improving our facilities, training our staff, and making sure every one of our students has what they need to do their best, has paid off.

"Success rates are the toughest measure around because they are based on the numbers joining courses at the start of the year, so there is nowhere for colleges to hide in these figures.

"Nevertheless, we are not going to rest on our laurels - it's great to celebrate but we will have to carry on working hard if we want to carry on getting great results."

The figure compares to the London average of 73%.

* The Learning and Skills Council is the funding body for further education colleges.
* Success rates are based on the achievement on all the students who start a course at the College.
* For details about the figures see http://www.lsc.gov.uk/providers/Data/statistics/success/ and see FE Success Rates.

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