Headteacher's Welcome

Message from the Principal

 

I hope that you all enjoyed a fabulous Summer break and that your boys ( and sixth-form girls, of course ) have fully re-charged their batteries and are enjoying the start of the new academic year. I certainly am and so are my staff.

It was suggested to me quite recently that Desborough College is a GROMP, a word that I had never heard before but which I subsequently discovered was a truly comprehensive school with a grammar-school culture of strong discipline, smart uniform, longer school days, competitive sports, classics and all three sciences. I also found out that pupils make the most academic progress in GROMPS.

Well, I suppose that we are guilty as charged because, using the criteria above, Desborough College is most certainly a GROMP. We fit the description perfectly. Behaviour at Desborough is outstanding because I don't believe that schools can be successful without strong discipline. Desborough boys DO look smart and competitive  sport, something that we are very good at, is an important part of life at Desborough. Latin will be offered to some boys this academic year and so will Mandarin Chinese. Boys are encouraged to take triple science from Y9 onwards. For boys in Y11 we have an extra lesson at the end of the school day and our Homework Club is open until 5.00pm. Many boys get involved in the many varied clubs and activities that we offer at the end of the normal school day.

Examination results have improved in each of the last 5 years in almost every performance measure. A sample of this year's GCSE results demonstrates some of our successes:

 

 Summer 2017 GCSE Results: Comparison with Boys Nationally.

 

 60% of boys nationally achieved a grade 4 (C) or higher in Maths compared to 90% of Desborough boys.

 

61% of boys nationally achieved A*-C grades in Business Studies compared to 81% of Desborough boys.

 

53% of boys nationally achieved a grade 4(C) or higher in English compared to 78% of Desborough boys.

 

60% of boys nationally achieved A*-C grades in Computer Science compared to 72% of Desborough boys.

 

61% of boys nationally achieved A*-C grades in History compared to 77% of Desborough boys.

 

64% of boys nationally achieved A*-C grades in French compared to 100% of Desborough boys.

 

70% of boys nationally achieved A*-C grades in German compared to 91% of Desborough boys.

 

63% of boys nationally achieved A*-C grades in Art and Design compared to 100% of Desborough boys.

 

58% of boys nationally achieved A*-C grades in Performing Arts compared to 85% of Desborough boys.

 

72% of boys nationally achieved A*-C grades in Music compared to 88% of Desborough boys.

 

66% of boys nationally achieved A*-C grades in Sports Studies compared to 100% of Desborough boys.

 

61% of boys nationally achieved A*-C grades in Geography compared to 77% of Desborough boys.

 

42% of boys nationally achieved A*-C grades in Engineering compared to 80% of Desborough boys.

 

64% of boys nationally achieved A*-C grades in ICT compared to 72% of Desborough boys.

 

54% of boys nationally achieved A*-C grades in Design Technology compared to 62% of Desborough boys.

 

69% of boys nationally achieved A*-C grades in Statistics compared to 100% of Y10 Desborough boys.

 

32% of Desborough boys achieved A*-A in Physics; 18% in Chemistry; and 26% in Biology.

 

These GCSE results follow the previous week's A Level results which were themselves the best since I was appointed Headteacher at Desborough College.

Next year's results will be even better.

So, yes we are a so-called GROMP; we were before the expression was even invented and we will continue to maintain and sometimes better the expectations that grammar schools have of their pupils.

But actually we are much, much more than a GROMP and to discover why we are I  strongly recommend that you follow the link to our new school video entitled ‘ The Desborough Way’.  The Desborough Way captures more clearly and explicitly our approach to educating young men, with the addition of young women in the 6thform.  It sets out our three cornerstones of ‘Enjoy, Compete, Achieve’ and clarifies our key virtues of kindness; gratitude; positivity; teamwork; respect; pride; courage; humility; and leadership. Our aim is to create young men and women of real substance and character, equipped to reach their potential and become the best version of themselves.

 

The Desborough Way

 

Paul Frazer

Principal

Desborough College

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      Holiday21/10/2017 29/10/2017
      Week B30/10/2017 07:3003/11/2017 08:00
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      Year 7 settling in parents' evening07/11/2017 16:1507/11/2017 19:00
      Claires Court Memorial Rugby Match15/11/2017 15:0015/11/2017 17:00
      Year 10 Parents Evening - Breakout information sessions 16/11/2017 16:1516/11/2017 19:00
      Iceland trip departs19/11/2017 19/11/2017
      ICELAND TRIP19/11/2017 22/11/2017
      Year 11 & 13 Mock Exam Week 120/11/2017 09:0020/11/2017 09:30
      Iceland Trip returns22/11/2017 22/11/2017
      Year 12 Parents Evening23/11/2017 16:1523/11/2017 19:00
      Year 13 Parents Evening30/11/2017 16:1530/11/2017 19:00
      Old Maids rugby match, Braywick13/12/2017 15:0013/12/2017 17:00
      Christmas Concert13/12/2017 19:0013/12/2017 20:30
      End of term15/12/2017 09:0015/12/2017 09:30
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