Headteacher's Welcome

January 2015

Principal’s Message – Dear Parents/Guardians,

2015 will see Desborough College build on the successes of 2014 and continue to go from strength to strength. Why? Because the people who drive improvement in schools- the staff-are better equipped and more highly-motivated than ever before to make our school outstanding. We are already well on the way to outstanding and this was acknowledged by Ofsted last September.  

This year will see further improvement in our examination results in GCSE's, AS and A Levels, and BTEC and other vocational courses. This is attributable to many factors, but the bottom line is that we have in place a "can-do" ethos where boys know that they are expected to work hard and behave sensibly.  

Staff new to the school are settled and will provide a stability that has been missing in some subject areas over the last year or two.  

Numbers of parents opting to send their sons, and, post-16, their daughters to Desborough will continue to rise. I have been told that only one secondary school in RBWM has increased the percentage of parents of Y6 pupils identifying it as their first preference for September 2015 and that school is Desborough. Clearly, parental confidence in our ability to deliver an outstanding education is high and, rest assured, not misplaced.  

2014 was a great year for us in sporting terms, particularly the First XV Rugby Team which, apart from one loss in a national competition, went through the season unbeaten. 2015 will be better still and any potential sixth-formers who want to play rugby in a winning team with excellent coaches will be made very welcome.  

Our Sixth-Form will continue to attract more young people, boys and girls, from Maidenhead and beyond as word spreads about the excellent teaching that sixth-formers experience here, about the progress that they make and the results that they achieve. Achievement in Maths, Physics and Drama in particular compare favourably with schools nationally, but all of the post-16 subjects that we offer set, and invariably meet, aspirational targets. Numbers of Desborough's sixth-formers receiving offers from universities, including Russell Group Universities, continue to grow. The Sixth-form Open Evening takes place on 26th February at 7.00 pm and I would urge parents and students who are undecided about where they want to study post-16 to come and have a look at what we have on offer.  

2015 will bring its challenges but, if I'm candid, we like a challenge at Desborough! We constantly challenge ourselves to improve the education that we provide and that will never alter.  

Paul Frazer



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