Headteacher's Welcome

Update from March 2017

Dear Parents/Carers,

I can confidently say that developments over the last six weeks have been the most momentous since I arrived at Desborough five years ago.

Firstly, one of the targets that I set for myself was reached when the local education authority informed me that Desborough College has a waiting-list of pupils hoping to gain a place here in September, 2017. We are officially over-subscribed! Our PAN (planned admission number) of 189 has been surpassed by a considerable margin. Although this was a target that I set for myself it has only been realised through the efforts and talent of the staff and the support of the Governing Body and Radley College. Their determination to raise standards and gain an "Outstanding" Ofsted judgement has been relentless and continues to be so and this in turn  has given parents the confidence to send their sons here. We won't let you down.

Those of you that read the local newspapers will know that our sponsors, The Education Fellowship Trust, have had to hand all of the twelve schools in their multi-academy trust back to the Department for Education for re-brokering (being assigned to a different multi-academy trust). This presents Desborough College with some very exciting opportunities to work closely with a like-minded, local school whose pupils consistently achieve outstanding examination results. We will, I am confident, not have membership of a MAT imposed upon us and, indeed, the governors are working on a list of criteria that serves the best interests of Desborough boys and the local community. We would, for example, want to be close enough geographically to allow our sixth-formers to attend courses without difficulty (and vice-versa) and, of course, it would make sense to work closely with a school that has the same age-range and complements our status as a boys' school. I'm certain that an announcement will be made in the coming months.

Finally, most of you will now be aware of the plans that were jointly submitted to RBWM by Desborough and Newlands to relocate to purpose-built, world class accommodation together with a primary school and joint sixth-form on the land currently used by Maidenhead Golf Club. It makes sense for all sorts of reasons, including the choice that it offers to parents (single-sex schooling; all-through 3-18 education; a mixed sixth-form offering a wide choice of options; 20% selection etc). It makes practical sense to parents of boys and girls of different ages because it removes the difficulties created by the "school run" and it will facilitate economies of scale and reduce costs. It allows outstanding teachers to share their expertise more readily and this will improve standards still further. Fingers crossed that the vision becomes a reality.

The term has passed quickly and the exam season is just around the corner. I know that you will provide the support that your sons and daughters will need over the coming months. It's a tough, stressful time for them and, although they don't always show it, they will appreciate your encouragement.





Paul Frazer

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