The college achieved grade 1 for student support, general resources, quality assurance, governance and management and computing. All the remaining curriculum areas were graded 2, except engineeringother humanities, which achieved a 3.
The report, published today, says: "Senior management provides strong, confident leadership and has established a self-critical environment within which everyone values and evaluates their performance openly and honestly... Inspectors saw outstanding teaching in most subjects and little teaching was less than satisfactory."
Of the college's students, 79 per cent live in wards designated by the funding council as deprived. The educational achievements of school-leavers in Lewisham are also well below the national average.
Ruth Silver, the principal, said: "People in this area really are committed to change and to making things better - and we are part of that story."