Students at Uxbridge College have been celebrating their GCSE results: top achiever Luisa Lacatusu pictured with physics lecturer Jack Harris.Uxbridge College students are celebrating some great GCSE results – both in terms of overall performances and individual results.Particular strengths at higher grade A*-C this year include:* Excellent ICT results at A*-C with success rates at 98% - up 5% on

Luisa-Lacatusu-and-Jack-HarStudents at Uxbridge College have been celebrating their GCSE results: top achiever Luisa Lacatusu pictured with physics lecturer Jack Harris.Uxbridge College students are celebrating some great GCSE results – both in terms of overall performances and individual results.

Particular strengths at higher grade A*-C this year include:

* Excellent ICT results at A*-C with success rates at 98% - up 5% on 2010

* Improvement in English Literature at A*-C with success rates at 83% up from 69% the previous year

* Improvement in maths at A*-C by 2% up to 54%

* Chemistry has shown a further improvement with A*-C now at 75%

Student stories include:

* Fiona Harding (21), who took an unusual route in education – having previously done a childcare qualification at Uxbridge College and worked in the industry, she came back to do maths and science GCSEs.  Having achieved A*, A and B grades this year she is now going to Durham University to do a Foundation year in physics, which will lead her on to a full degree.

* Sandra Zielinska (19) and Patrycja Zielinska (18) (not related although they share the same surname, which is a common one in Poland).  Despite being native Polish speakers they achieved strong results taking GCSEs in English. Both will be staying on to study at A level.

* Bianca Chua (17), who gained the highest grades at Uxbridge College with four A* (maths, biology, chemistry, physics) and one A (English).

* Kadija Maimoon (18), who achieved A* grades in maths and ICT and As in English language, English literature and biology.  She will be staying on at Uxbridge College to do A levels.

* Luke Joannou (17) and Jack Gordon (19), who re-sat GCSEs and achieved marked improvements on their original results. Both plan to do A levels.

Because students at Uxbridge College take their exams in one year - either to improve existing results or because they are sitting GCSEs for the first time - they take up to five subjects, instead of the numbers taken at school.  The overall pass rate at grades A*-G was 98%.

Dr Darrell DeSouza, Vice Principal for Curriculum and Standards at Uxbridge College, based in Park Road, Uxbridge, said:

"We’ve had some exceptional individual performers with very high grades this year as well as marked improvements in some key subjects.

“It has been a particularly strong year for ICT and English literature.

“Uxbridge College is unusual in offering GCSEs at post-16 years and this keeps the door open for a wide range of pathways to further study and professional training.

“I would like to congratulate all our students this year.  It is an intensive process to take five GCSEs in a single year and with the excellent teaching and support students get at Uxbridge College, they can achieve really impressive results.”

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