A sixth form college is celebrating a "good" Ofsted report for the first time.
Regent College, in Leicester, was given the second highest rating following a two-day inspection at the end of March.
It was previously inspected in 2011, when the college was "satisfactory".
Principal Paul Wilson, who has led the school for five years, said: "I'm delighted the hard work of staff and students has been recognised.
"We created a plan for Regent College and I'm pleased to see it has come to fruition.
"However, we are not complacent and will work towards becoming outstanding."
Inspectors said the broad range of programmes provided students with good opportunities to gain qualifications and progress to advanced level courses.
They said AS and A-level students made good progress – many having started with relatively low achievements – and most students made better progress than expected across all courses.
Students benefited from the "harmonious and inclusive character of the college".
The quality of teaching and learning overall was good and a number of lessons observed had outstanding features.
Teachers challenged students well and had high expectations.
Inspectors said student assessment was "excellent" and showed accurately how each was progressing.
The college's strong focus on literacy skills was evident in all subject areas.
Mr Wilson, senior leaders and governance was praised.
Mr Wilson said: "Our job over the past few years has been to make sure students had very clear pathways towards their goals and go on to higher education, if that's what they wanted, no matter what their starting levels.
"We've achieved that very successfully
"Students know clearly what their targets are and our teachers have shown they can be consistently good."
Keisha Carrington-Hackshaw, 18, who is studying for A-levels said: "The relationship between teachers and students here is fantastic.
"I get the support I need and I enjoy my lessons.
"I've had great support to go beyond my target grades and enable me to achieve straight As. I have a place to study veterinary science at the Royal Veterinary College in London next year."
Leandra Mika, 20, said: "I've been a student here since 2010, when I joined to take GCSEs.
"I've received the support I need to achieve good grades and next year I've accepted an offer to go to Leicester University to study medical genetics."
To improve, inspectors said student attendance and punctuality needed to be better, good practice should continue to be shared and all teaching staff should reach high standards.