** Three cheers for Farnborough Sixth Form College - number one in the country for teaching standards - from Dr John Guy, principal, and some of his students.

FARNBOROUGH Sixth Form College is celebrating after its teaching standards were rated the best in the country.

The accolade follows a visit last November by Government inspectors who rated the college "head and shoulders" above any others they had inspected.

According to the Ofsted team 92 per cent of the advanced lessons they had witnessed were either good, very good or excellent.

This is well above the average countrywide rating for colleges of 61 per cent.

Dr John Guy, principal of the 1,750 student college, said last Friday: "I'm naturally delighted with the findings."

He put the success down to the college's total commitment to helping students to achieve high standards.

"We encourage them to understand and enjoy the processes of learning in a supportive but challenging environment," he said.

Dr Guy added that the college's success had been achieved against a background of severe cost cutting.

In the 1990s the college's funding was slashed by a third. It receives fewer pounds per student now than it did in 1992, with no allowance for inflation.

"I don't know of a single institution which has had to suffer that type of loss in funding," said Dr Guy.

In their report the Ofsted inspectors described the college's teachers as enthusiastic, well informed and with an up-to-date knowledge of their subjects.

"Many have a wide range of teaching experience and bring a strong sense of commitment and enthusiasm to their job," they said.

The teaching is challenging and inspires students to develop high level skills, the report added.

They learn how to be critical and analytical as well as gaining good subject knowledge.