The Fashion Retail Academy (FRA) has been rated as Outstanding following an Ofsted assessment.

The body awarded the FRA its highest possible rating in every area of its curriculum. Among other areas, it listed employer partnerships, career progression and teaching quality as outstanding.

Created 12 years ago by founding members including Arcadia, M&S, Next and Tesco, the employer-led college now works with more than 130 digital, luxury and high street retailers.

Chief executive and principal Lee Lucas said: “The FRA has been a catalyst for bringing together an extremely competitive industry for a common purpose to achieve a shared goal; to develop and inspire talent for a specialist career in fashion retail.

“I believe that it is these relationships, along with our continued focus on ensuring everything we do results in positive outcomes for learners, that is the biggest factor in our success.”