A FARNBOROUGH college has been highly praised by chief inspector of schools David Bell in his first annual report.

The Sixth Form College, Farnborough, has received the highest grade profile of all the colleges in its sector, based on the results of its recent Ofsted inspection.

More than 90% of its classes have been rewarded with very good or excellent results, and teaching staff have been congratulated on their performance.

The lead inspector was so impressed with the college, he described it as: “Head and shoulders above all other provisions.”

Attainment, punctuality and attendance were one of the many items of praise in the report, and inspectors were also impressed with how the college has coped with the introduction of the new A-level system.

College principal Dr John Guy was extremely happy with the report: “This is the first time a college has ever been mentioned in the report. It’s just astonishing and we are very proud.

“I think it’s a college that parents want their children to go to. It’s an important indication of the confidence people have.”

He added: “It is a just reward for the extremely talented teaching and support staff at the college, and an important statement about the commitment and achievement of our students.”

Among the many achievements of the students this year, students have been a part of a service of choral Evensong which took place at St Paul’s Cathedral before Christmas, a spectacular Christmas production of Barnam and the opportunity for the College rock choir to sing Disneyland Paris at Easter. The Prospect Theatre will next week be home to two evenings of dance and an adventurous group of students will be jetting off on a month-long expedition to Venezuela in the summer.