FARNBOROUGH Sixth Form College has become one of the first four colleges in the country to be awarded the new Learning and Skills Beacon status in recognition of its teaching, learning and management skills.

The award was presented to college representatives on Tuesday by Lifelong Learning and Education Minister Margaret Hodge.

She spoke of outstanding teaching and learning and high pass rates and said Farnborough had a college to be proud of.

The delighted principal, Dr John Guy, described the award as "a wonderful recognition of the hard work of staff and students."