Uxbridge College students and staff were celebrating on 14 August when A Level results arrived - bringing a raft of high performers and an overall improvement in pass rates.

Darrell DeSouza, Vice Principal for Curriculum and Standards at Uxbridge College, said: "These terrific A Level results are the icing on the cake for Uxbridge College following our recent 'Outstanding' Ofsted report - they are further confirmation of the College's outstanding performance when it comes to student success.

"The hard work of our students and staff has certainly continued to pay off and build on our strong record for great results.

"There are so many individual success stories for our 16-19 year olds, and it is particularly heartening when you see students making huge progress, something which bears out our place in the top 5% of colleges nationally for value added performance.

"It is also immensely rewarding so see so many of our students progressing from GCSE to A Level at Uxbridge College then on to University - as several of our highest performers have this year.

"Congratulations to everyone involved - and I am sure I am just as thrilled as our successful students at how well they have done."

Results day became the focus of national interest when cameras from ITN visited to film people opening their results - Waheed Safi and Darrell DeSouza were featured on three ITV news bulletins.

Waheed was also featured in seven national newspapers on Friday 15 August including The Daily Mail and The Sun - the UK's two best-selling dailies - and the Daily Express, The Independent, The Times, Daily Mirror, Daily Telegraph. He also featured in the London Paper, Evening Standard, and Metro on 14 August and a host of websites across the country, including BBC News and Hillingdon Times.

Facts and figures for A Levels (A2) for Uxbridge College 2008:

* 98% pass rate at grades A-E compared to 97% in 2007
* Pass rate at grades A-C up from 63% in 2006 to 66%
* 8 subjects have improved their pass rates compared to 2007
* 13 subjects out of 18 showed a 100% pass rate
* Students sat 349 A Levels (A2 levels) - an increase from 310 in 2007.

Waheed Safi (18), who arrived in the country three years ago barely able to speak English, can now take up a place at Somerville College, University of Oxford, after studying at The Academy, Uxbridge College's sixth form centre. Waheed and his family were forced to flee Afghanistan in fear of their lives. After taking GCSEs and A Levels at Uxbridge College he got four A grades in Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths and Physics.

Bonny Boby (18), got four A grades in Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry, and Physics after studying at The Academy, Uxbridge College's sixth form centre. He is now due to take up a place at University College London to study Engineering with Business Finance.

Ho Yuen Liu (19), achieved four A grades in Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Further Maths, and also got a grade A at A Level in Chinese last year at The Academy, Uxbridge College's sixth form centre. He also took his GCSEs there. He now plans to take a place doing Business Mathematics and Statistics at the LSE.

He said: "It is good news, I am pleased - I have got my place at university and for me that was the only point of doing A Levels."

Fahad Al-Huda (20), of Long Lane, Hillingdon, got A grades in Biology, Chemistry and Physics at Uxbridge College - after having to halt his studies two years running because he suffered from depression. Fahad is now working at Northwick Park Hospital as a Health Care Assistant before applying to study medicine.

Masuma Jaffer (22), got three A grades in Biology, Chemistry and Maths and now plans to take up her place to study Pharmacy at the London School of Pharmacy.

She said: "I was very nervous waiting for the results and I am very happy with my A Levels. It was hard work but it was worth it."

Dipesh Somaiya (19), who was treated for a brain tumour in the middle of his studies at The Academy, Uxbridge College's sixth form centre, has a place at university to study Pharmacy. He will now take an MPharm at the University of Reading.

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