MORE than 800 A-level students are celebrating a double dose of good news.
Not only has St Dominic's Sixth Form College in Mount Park Avenue, Harrow on the Hill, received a sparkling Ofsted report, it has won permission to build a much-needed sports hall, three classrooms and a staffroom.
Education inspectors awarded the institute the highest rating, 'outstanding', in each of the categories, which cover areas like course provision, results and management.
The Ofsted report closely followed St Dominic's winning a Planning Inspectorate appeal against a decision taken by Harrow Council in September 2007 to deny approval for its development plans.
Councillors had cited concerns over the size, scale and mass of the proposed building and its potentially detrimental impact on a neighbouring property.
Mr Harty said: "I'm delighted that we're finally getting a hall that allows our students to play sport on site.
"We plan to start in February 2009 for construction and it will take around a year to complete."
The complex, covered with foliage to mask its bulk, will contain an indoor five-a-side football pitch that can be used for basketball, badminton and netball, as well as a gym and changing facilities.
Players must at present use sports facilities at nearby schools or public pitches further afield.
Mr Harty said the hall would double as an examination venue in the summer and therefore reduce disruption to the rest of the college.