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Principal speaks out after Desborough rated 'good' by Ofsted

The principal of a Maidenhead school has praised its latest ‘good’ Ofsted result but said it is ‘crazy’ that it was not rated higher.

Desborough College, in Shoppenhangers Road, received a ‘good’ Ofsted rating during an inspection on Tuesday, February 12, with the report stating that students have ‘positive attitudes’ to learning, and show ‘respect and kindness’ to each other.

Principal Paul Frazer praised the positivity of the letter that he received from Ofsted, which was much more complimentary than the report received in 2014, when the same rating of ‘good’ was also given, but said he was ‘extremely disappointed’ not >kern

He said: “The Ofsted inspection team believe that Desborough is still a ‘good’ school, but I expect that everybody associated with us already knew that.

“Crazily, the judgement is still the same as it was four-and-a-half years ago yet anybody who has seen the progress that our school has made over that period will know that it is a far, far better school now than it was then.

“I am extremely disappointed that we were not judged to be ‘outstanding’ overall, given that many aspects of our school most certainly are outstanding.”

The Ofsted report, which is available to read in full on the school’s website, states that the school’s ‘Desborough way’ philosophy ‘encourages pupils to develop a strong set of moral values’, adding that pupils behave well in and out of classes and that bullying is rare.

Despite his disappointment at missing out on his ambition of an ‘outstanding’ rating, Mr Frazer was still full of praise for all those associated with the school.

He said: “I would like to thank those parents, more than 150, who took the time to go on Parentview and give their opinions of the school. The Ofsted inspectors acknowledged that the positive responses given by parents were unusually high.”


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