Education and skills
Mon 30 June 2014, 4:04 pm
Local authorities across London are struggling with rising demand for school places because of climbing birth rates.
In Hillingdon, although the population is growing more rapidly than in neighbouring areas, the council has just announced that, once again, ALL children can have a secondary place within the borough. This is an achievement considering that, in some parts of London, this figure is as low as 72%.
Some 80% of Hillingdon primary school and 78% of secondary school pupils attend a school which is judged by Ofsted to be good or outstanding.
Hillingdon excels in further education too. Brunel University, ranked 24 by student experience in an annual survey by Times Higher Education, came in at 15 places higher than any other university in the capital. The university has also been ranked first in London, fourth in the UK and 29th in the world in 2014 world ranking of the top 100 universities founded in the last 50 years by Times Higher Education.
Uxbridge College has achieved acclaim. The college offers vocational training to students and has strong business links, working with cloud hosting solutions company Rackspace to meet IT training requirements for new recruits.
More than £50 million has been invested to ensure the college’s campuses at Hayes and Uxbridge have top-of-the-range facilities. A £5 million IT and media block at the Hayes campus and a £6 million sports hall and fitness college at the Uxbridge campus are now in place.
Rated by Ofsted as outstanding, Uxbridge College has gained sought-after ‘beacon’ status, awarded to colleges that deliver outstanding teaching and learning, reserved for providers funded by the Learning and Skills Council.