FARNBOROUGH Sixth Form College is bursting at the seams after attracting a record number of students.

More youngsters than ever want to attend the college which was rated the best in the country by Government inspectors last March.

By last week a record 1,850 students had enrolled to study there in the new academic year which is just starting.

To help accommodate them, the college has been given the go-ahead to put four temporary single-storey classrooms in the grounds.

Rushmoor C`````````ouncil planners were told: "The classrooms are needed because of a dramatic increase in enrolment figures following the well recognised success of the college."

Other factors were the area's population increase and Government pressure to get more 16-19-year-olds into further education.

The temporary classrooms are likely to stay in place for two years, by which time the college hopes a permanent classroom block will have been built.

News of the college's popularity follows the recent A-level results which saw its students achieve a best ever pass rate of 98 per cent

Dr. John Guy, college principal, said last Friday: "The college is delighted to have received national recognition, and it's no surprise that as a consequence students wish to come here."

As a result, he continued, more space was needed to accommodate the record number. "We don't want to cram them into every nook and cranny," he said.

The four temporary classrooms will provide space for an additional 72 students.