that you are all well and looking forward to a (hopefully) sunny
half-term holiday. I know that I am and the staff and pupils are, too.
Boys in Year 11 and sixth form students, both boys and girls, have generally
worked very hard in preparation for the exams and deserve to succeed. They just
need to maintain their focus for a few more weeks to give themselves the
confidence they need as they sit the last few papers. They can then look
forward to results day knowing that, whatever the outcome, they have done their
best. Nobody can ask for more.
As is now
the tradition at Desborough, Year 11 boys will be asked to vote for the three
teachers who they feel have gone the extra mile for them since September. The
winner is awarded The Desborough College Teacher of the Year Award which is a
rather handsome trophy presented by the boys themselves. There are plenty of
staff to choose from, believe me. Collectively, the staff at Desborough College
are the most hardworking and talented that I have worked alongside in over
thirty years in the teaching profession.
students will be saying farewells to teachers and fellow-students over the next
few weeks before embarking upon the next exciting stage of their
lives whether that be at university, in
employment or in training. I wish them all luck and thank them for being such
an entertaining, humorous, helpful and well-mannered year group. I hope to see
as many as possible on A Level Results Day to share their happiness and
be little respite for the staff, I'm afraid. Preparations are already in place
to ensure that next year's Year 7 cohort are given a smooth, worry-free
transition into the secondary phase of their education. It will be the biggest
year group in school and over 100 of them are signed up for the summer school.
taking place over the next couple of months to Borneo, Rhos-y-Gwaliau and
Bangor in Wales. News and pictures of these trips can be seen on Desborough's
Facebook page and Twitter feed. Nuria White and Louise Pankhurst do a great job
maintaining these sites.
a plea for information. We are putting together a Wall of Fame to celebrate the
achievements of Desborough pupils. Unfortunately, I suspect that many boys are
too modest to share their achievements with me so I am hoping that parents or
friends will contact me with details that I can display to acknowledge and
share outstanding practice.