High achievers who studied at Uxbridge College were chosen to receive awards at a national event.

Sisters Shefa Rahman and Tahmina Rahman, both 18, and Saaber Shoyeb, 19, were each given an Outstanding Achievement Award by the Bangladesh High Commission.

The winners, students from all over the UK, received excellent A Level, BTEC and GCSE results in 2007; their achievements were also commemorated in a message by the Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Shefa got three distinctions in her BTEC National Diploma in Fashion (the equivalent to three A grades at A Level) and Tahmina got the same results for her BTEC National Diploma in Drama. Shefa and Tahmina received their awards at a ceremony on 27 January at Kensington Town Hall.

Saaber Shoyeb, who got five A Levels at grade A in Chemistry, Maths and Physics, and B in Biology and Further Maths, could not attend the ceremony.

Shefa, who received a £12,000 Gold Scholarship to university and is a student ambassador for Uxbridge College, said: "We were surprised and proud to receive the awards - and our dad was very proud too. We were the only people there at our level with BTECs - the others all had A Levels. I think BTECs are often overlooked, people do not always realise they are equivalent to A Levels and a way in to university."

Shefa and Tahmina, who live in Ickenham, are both at university on BA Honours degree courses, with Shefa studying Fashion Design at Westminster and Tahmina on the Drama and Film and Television Studies course at Brunel.

Ray Ferris, Director for 14-19 Strategy at Uxbridge College, based in Park Road, Uxbridge, said: "Uxbridge College is here to enable students from all backgrounds to achieve their goals and dreams and it is most welcome to see Shefa, Tahmina and Saaber recognised for their achievements - congratulations to them. They are a real credit to the College, but perhaps most of all a credit to themselves for sticking with their plans for success and accomplishing them."

In a written message to all the winners on the day, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said: "I am encouraged by the outstanding achievements of the students whose success is being acknowledged today. I know this will have been the result of hard work and much commitment by individual students and their teachers, with the support of their parents and communities. I offer my congratulations to them all."

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