"Students have achieved results in GCSE Mathematics and English which have been well above the national average."

Ofsted 2014

Year 11 Home Page

Year 11

Raising Achievement Leader

Mr Brar

Form Tutor

Miss Morgan

Form Tutor

Miss Spriggens

Form Tutor

Mr Adegbulugbe

Form Tutor 

 Mr Formstone
Welcome to Year 11

I am delighted to be the Raising Achievement Leader for Year 11 at Desborough College. This is my second year teaching year at Desborough but my tenth year associated with the college as I am a former pupil!

As well as being Year 11 Raising Achievement Leader I am also a PE Teacher.

Year 11 is a very challenging and important year for the boys and I will work hard to ensure that it is a positive experience for all involved. If you have any questions or concerns about your son’s education, please feel to make an appointment or email the school.

Kind regards,

Arun Brar




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.

Revision support

Please find attached a suggested tool to support the planning of revision leading up to the exams.  We would encourage you to look at this with your son and either adopt this tool or use something similar. The guidance is within the document.  In the aftermath of the mock exams, now is the time to start planning seriously for the weeks ahead. 

Revision Timetable

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. 

Equipment list

It is important that the pupils carry their planners with them at all times. They should also bring a reading book to school every day. 

Can all pupils please ensure that they have the following equipment, and that they bring these items to school every day.

For normal working, they should use a black pen. This is mandatory for all exams. For other uses, they should also have a green pen for homework feedback.

National Citizen Service

Desborough College fully endorses the great work that NCS do for young people and will continue to encourage our students to take advantage of the experiences that are on offer from NCS, the National Citizen Service. 

Please take a moment, if you would, to read the information below.


Christina Sansom

Careers Advisor


NCS is a life-changing experience offering you the chance to take part in adventurous activities, develop valuable skills and meet new people this summer. Over 300,000 teenagers have already benefited from taking part in NCS - so make sure you don’t miss out!

The part-residential programme takes place over three to four weeks in the holidays and is delivered locally by The Challenge, the largest social integration charity in the UK. Taking part provides a unique opportunity to develop the skills employers’ value: confidence, leadership, teamwork and communication. NCS is also recognised by UCAS and will add value to your personal statement through voluntary experience.

During the last phase of NCS, you will build on your skills to tackle a real challenge. You will connect with your community by designing and carrying out a social action project, which has real impact. Plan, fundraise, volunteer or campaign to make a difference by giving back.

By taking part you will:

      Strengthen your leadership skills

      Add value to your university applications

      Support your local community

      Develop a deeper understanding about people who are different to you

Your journey doesn't have to end there; once you have finished the programme the NCS graduate scheme provides young people with the chance to organise events and campaigns on a national level. Our alumni contribute over 30 hours of volunteering each to their communities.

To find out more and to take part this summer, visit www.ncsthechallenge.org.