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Top marks for Sidcup performing arts school Rose Bruford, where Gary Oldman, Doctor Who's Tom Baker and EastEnder's Pam St Clement all attended

PUBLISHED: 12:41 23 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:47 27 June 2017

James Brokenshire and Jo Johnson with staff and students at Rose Bruford College

James Brokenshire and Jo Johnson with staff and students at Rose Bruford College

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The college has achieved gold standard for excellence in its teaching

A performing arts college which has produced familiar faces in cinema and television has been ranked among the best in the country.

Boasting alumni including Oscar-nominated Gary Oldman, Sidcup’s Rose Bruford College has been given a gold ranking in the newly published Teaching Excellence Framework, a government initiative to reward top education providers, putting them in the same class as the likes of Oxford or Cambridge universities.

Principal and chief executive, professor Michael Earley, said: “The ranking is a major endorsement for the college and the kind of teaching and learning excellence that led to our receiving degree awarding powers this year.”

James Brokenshire, MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup added: “The community should be very proud that we have one of the leading performing arts colleges in the country, right here in the heart of our town.”

Other former students at the college include former Doctor Who star Tom Baker and Pam St. Clement, who played Pat Butcher in EastEnders.

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