Hard work yields exam suc­cess

Harefield Gazette - - GCSE RESULTS -

STU­DENTS at Uxbridge Col­lege who have com­pleted their GCSE pro­grammes in just one year have been cel­e­brat­ing their re­sults.

The stu­dents ei­ther take GC­SEs for the first time or are re-sit­ting them af­ter fail­ing to achieve their po­ten­tial at school, and usu­ally take five sub­jects, of­ten pro­gress­ing to A lev­els or other equiv­a­lent cour­ses.

Amanda Wash­brook, Head of Uxbridge Col­lege Academy, the de­part­ment which teaches A lev­els, GC­SEs and Vo­ca­tional Sci­ence, said: “Uxbridge Col­lege and other Fur­ther Ed­u­ca­tion col­leges which teach GCSE pro­grammes are unique in that they al­low stu­dents to sit their ex­ams in just one year.

“I would like to say a huge congratulations to all our GCSE achiev­ers.”

Among the top 10 achiev­ers this year at Uxbridge Col­lege, where the pass rate was 98% at grades A*-G, were:

Lu­cien Muk­endi, 17, came to the UK from the Congo to es­cape the con­flict sit­u­a­tion and progress his ed­u­ca­tion. He achieved A*s in maths, bi­ol­ogy and chem­istry, an A in physics and a B in English.

Lu­cien, who lives in Uxbridge and will re­turn to col­lege to do physics, maths and chem­istry A lev­els, said: “It feels amaz­ing be­cause the whole year I have worked very hard. In my very first as­sess­ment for physics, maths and bi­ol­ogy I got C grades and I de­cided then I needed to work as hard as I could. I am very sat­is­fied with my re­sults, and I would ad­vise other stu­dents to work hard – it is the only way to be suc­cess­ful.”

Mar­garita Popa, 17, who achieved A grades in maths, bi­ol­ogy, chem­istry and me­dia stud­ies, and a D in English, and will be com­ing back to take A lev­els in bi­ol­ogy, chem­istry and maths and re-sit her English.

Orig­i­nally from Moldova, and now liv­ing in West Dray­ton, Mar­garita said: “I am very happy with my re­sults. It was more dif­fi­cult to study as English is my sec­ond lan­guage, but the teach­ers un­der­stood I might find it harder and gave me all the help I needed. Ev­ery­one is friendly and sup­port­ive and I en­joyed study­ing the sub­jects.”

n EXAM SUC­CESS: Mar­garita Popa and Lu­cien Muk­endi, both 17, over­came hur­dles to achieve high grades

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