It's official. Farnborough Sixth Form College is tops in Britain.

The college was previously identified as "the best in the country" by the Ofsted Chief Inspector.

The college is now celebrating the success of A level students with a best ever pass rate of 98%. Some 700 students sat the exams and 49% of the passes were As and Bs. At AS the results were also outstanding, with a pass rate of 93% compared with a national rate of 86%.

Seven entries from the college were declared to be among the top five marks in various subjects in the entire country. College principal Dr John Guy said this was "unparalleled".

He said the new system of A and AS levels suited everyone, from the brightest to the less able.

The most outstanding achievements were by Ben Willcocks (18) of Farnborough and Helen Montgomery (18) of Fleet. Ben swept the board with six grade A passes. He goes on to read maths at Trinity College, Cambridge.Helen got five grade A passes and a distinction in the new Advanced Extension Award in English and three of her entries were among the top five in the country in three subjects.

Two others achieved one of the top five marks in the country in English Language: Claire Wenham (18) of Farnborough and Jenny Stickland (18) of Ascot. David Deller (18) of Hook obtained one of the top five marks in Britain in General Studies.

Picture: The fab five who all achieved marks among the top five in various subjects in the country. From left: Jenny Stickland, Ben Willcocks, David Deller, Helen Montgomery and Claire Wenham.