A college has been rated good in its latest Ofsted inspection.

Varndean College in Surrenden Road, Brighton, was praised by inspectors for its "vibrant and highly inclusive culture" which helps "students flourish".

The sixth form, which teaches young people and adults, was rated good for its quality of education, leadership and management, education programmes for young people and adult learning programmes.

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The personal development of students, their behaviour and attitudes and the help available for students with high needs were all rated as "outstanding".

According to inspectors, college leaders have a clear vision in place for what they want to achieve.

The report read: "Students enjoy learning and are motivated to succeed.

"Most attend well, are studious and fulfil the high expectations set by staff.

"The small proportion of students not meeting these expectations value the comprehensive support and care staff provide to help them get back on track.

"Students develop the characteristics they need for learning now and in the future."

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Inspectors also found that the students are respectful towards each other and "embrace diversity".

According to the report, students have access to comprehensive support and care systems including a well-being team and counsellors. 

They are also given advice by staff to help them make informed choices, stay safe and understand the views of others and the challenges they face.

Ofsted said the college ensures bullying and harassment are never tolerated.

Inspectors who visited the college in March also noted that leaders at the sixth form are successful in offering a high-quality education.

Ofsted inspectors noted that staff put students "at the centre of their work" and that people leave the college prepared for the future.

Many students are reported to have moved on to further education or employment after completing their courses.

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The report read: "Leaders have a clear and ambitious vision to provide high-quality and inclusive education for all students, including those who are disadvantaged.

"With staff, they share a very strong commitment to social mobility and justice and place students firmly at the centre of their work.

"Managers provide programmes of learning for students to develop the knowledge, behaviours, confidence and resilience they need.

"Expert teachers use their specialist knowledge to deepen students’ understanding."

In response to the report, college principal Donna-Marie Janson said: “We are delighted with the positive feedback received from Ofsted, which is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff and students.

"At Varndean College, we are committed to providing an exceptional learning experience that inspires students to flourish and achieve the very highest of outcomes.

"Varndean College looks forward to building on its successes and continuing to deliver outstanding education and support to its students.”

Jill Arnold, chairwoman of governors, said: “This report reflects our own feelings about what a great place Varndean College is to study at, recognising both the academic excellence and supportive environment it provides.

"Students and staff should be proud of the vibrant, welcoming community they have created.”