STAFF and students at Fareham College are celebrating after being rated the best-performing college in the county.
League tables released by the government show Fareham College has risen up the performance tables to become the highest-performing college in Hampshire County Council and the eighth highest in the country.
The tables contain performance data on all colleges in the country. The results are based on overall success rates for students.
It has coincided with the college’s recent Ofsted inspection which was reported as good, up from satisfactory.
Principal Nigel Duncan, said: ‘We are very proud of our performance and our Ofsted report, which compliments the college for its progress and endorses the college’s strategic objective to become outstanding.
‘It’s a fantastic endorsement for what we have been trying to do with regards to developing teaching and learning so that youngsters get the best possible outcome they can.
‘There has been a lot of hard work put into it.
‘What’s really rewarding is that 16 to 18-year-olds are really performing well.
‘Our focus is on progression to employment and on to further study if that’s what they want to do.’
Ofsted inspectors said that the proportion of students achieving their qualifications has risen significantly over the past two years and is high.
Most lessons are good or better and teachers set challenging targets that ensure many more students achieve higher grades than their prior attainment might predict.
Mr Duncan added: ‘We were very pleased. It’s a true reflection on the college. We have moved a long way.
‘It’s been about teaching and learning. The fact that they linked the much better success rate to the teaching and learning indicates that the college has performed better than it has in the past.
‘The staff have worked phenomenally hard.’
To become outstanding, the college needs to improve the development of accreditation of students’ skills in English and maths.
The quality of teaching and learning also needs to continue to improve.
The college plans to open a £12m Centre of Excellence for engineering and manufacturing on the Solent Enterprise Zone at the Daedalus site in Lee-on-the-Solent in September 2014.
The league table does not cover colleges in unitary boroughs, including Portsmouth and Southampton.