"Students say they have always felt completely safe at school and know exactly who they would turn to if there was a problem."

Ofsted 2014

Pastoral Care

The pastoral system at Desborough College is underpinned by our mission statement, our school motto, our strapline and our core values. We are committed to being holistic educators of young people and providing outstanding pastoral support.

School Mission Statement:

Desborough endeavours to realise every boy’s potential to enable him to take his place as a confident, caring and informed citizen of the world.

School Motto:

‘Strenuis Ardua Cedunt’ ‘Difficulties Yield to Diligence



Core Values

All members of the school community are expected to be:

  • Proud
  • Motivated
  • Caring
  • Responsible
  • Respectful


At Desborough College, students are organised into year groups with a team of tutors led by a Raising Achievement Leader (Head of Year). The tutor is the first point of contact for the student and also for parents and carers.

For September 2016 the Raising Achievement Leaders are:

Year 7                   Mrs Nicole Barros

Year 8                   Mr Matthew Snell

Year 9                   Mrs Kate Holyoake-Lloyd

Year 10                 Mr Arun Brar

Year 11                 Mr Andrew Hall

As well as our tutors and Raising Achievement Leaders, all staff have a commitment to provide outstanding pastoral care by at least signposting students to someone who can help, if they are not in a position to provide the support themselves.

We have two dedicated Learning Mentors in school, who are also Raising Achievement Leaders, Mr Snell and Mr Hall.  These two members of staff do not have teaching timetables and run our Turnaround facility.  As well as providing tailored and specific advice and guidance, their role also involves liaising with outside agencies to support the pastoral well-being of all students.  This inevitably also involves supporting parents and carers by signposting available support within the local authority.

The link below takes you to a RBWM document with information about additional support.



Contact details for each Raising Achievement Leader can be found in the contacts section of the web site, and we actively encourage parents and carers to contact their son’s tutor or Raising Achievement Leader with any concern.  Indeed we encourage parents and carers to contact any member of staff to discuss issues relating to the welfare and achievement of their son.  We are also happy for parents to come into school to request a meeting.  We do ask parents and carers to understand that on occasions the person they would ideally like to meet may not be readily available at that time.  On these occasions a meeting can be arranged for a later time or an alternative member of staff can be made available.

Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural

Each year group has one assembly each week and four tutorial sessions.  Assemblies and tutorials are used to develop the social, moral, spiritual and cultural awareness of all students and to make them more ‘confident, caring and informed citizens of the world’.  This involves guidance about making safe choices.

Other links

Childline http://www.childline.org.uk

NSPCC  www.nspcc.org.uk

ThinkUknow  https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk

ParentInfo http://parentinfo.org/