"The teaching of reading has been a priority: there has been made good progress for all groups of students in Years 7 and 8."

Ofsted 2014

Year 7 Home Page



Year 7

Raising Achievement Leader





Miss Barros

Form Tutor

Mr Mault

Form Tutor

Miss Pankhurst

Form Tutor

Miss Lesniak

Form Tutor

Mr Collins

Form Tutor

Mr Kilcoyne

Form Tutor

 Miss Adams

Form Tutor

Mr Bateman


My name is Nicole Barros and I am the Raising Attainment Leader for Year 7 at Desborough College. My aims are to ensure that students make a smooth transition from primary school and to help my year group to make excellent progress. 


If you have any questions or you require additional information please do not hesitate to email me:




As a school we strongly believe in the benefits of homework for developing good working routines, independent study habits and in the development of knowledge. Before half-term we reviewed the way in which homework is set at Desborough and have created a homework schedule which we believe provides greater clarity for pupils and parents.

Your son will have recently received a copy of his year group’s ‘homework schedule’, and will spend time in the coming week being introduced to our new approach. To ensure the effectiveness of the schedule we wanted to provide you with information of the changes so you can support your son in its use at home.

Most important to note is that our homework schedule has come about as a result of valuable feedback from the school community, including pupils, staff and parents, and we have consulted widely to ensure that this schedule is the best fit for all involved. I am hopeful that the schedule itself (enclosed) will answer many, if not all, of your questions about how our new approach works, but vitally the schedule will work best when its importance is reinforced at home as well as school.

In creating a fresh view of how homework is set, we hope to emphasise the message that homework is fundamental to making academic progress, and that our expectations of pupils are clear. The new schedule will remove any doubt as to what homework your son should be completing at home. Your son’s teachers will be using the schedule to ensure that homework is available on ‘Show My Homework’ for the correct day. This is also a good time to remind you of our Homework Club, which runs every day from 3.15pm to 5.00 pm.

Again, I do hope the schedule will answer most of your questions, however should you have any further queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your son’s Raising Achievement Leader or myself. A copy of this schedule will also be available to view below, and will be posted on our social media accounts.

Yours sincerely

Mr J Sparks

Vice Principal

Homework Schedule 2017-18

This schedule indicates the day/evening that a pupil should aim to complete a subject’s homework, and is the day that homework will be available to complete on Show My Homework. A pupil can identify which blocks (Year 9-11 only) their subjects are in by checking their individual class codes e.g. 10Y/Bs is a block Y option. More specific details (such as how long homework should take) can be found on your son’s personal schedule, which should be in their planner, with a copy also sent home for your convenience. We hope that our schedule will allow you to have a clear picture of the homework your son should be completing each day/evening at home, and support you monitoring that all homework is completed.

Click here to download.

Homework Club

To assist the boys with homework, there is a Homework Club that runs after school in the Cover Centre (B10), which is supervised by either Mr Snell or Mr Hall and runs from 3:20 – 5:00 daily. Homework Club offers pupils the chance to use the schools brand new computer suite, that has over 70 computers to accommodate the boys after school.

Monday to Wednesday, a group of 6th form mathematicians are present at Homework Club in order to  help younger pupils with their maths homework.