03:14AM, Friday 18 May 2012
The new headteacher of Desborough School in Maidenhead has pledged to make the school a ‘beacon of excellence.’
Paul Frazer, its interim headteacher, plans to replicate the success he achieved as head of the Airedale Academy, which is in the first percentile nationally and the highest performing school in Yorkshire and Humberside.
He says consistency of teaching will transform the school, rated 'satisfactory' by Ofsted, into a leading centre of education.
"If everything is outstanding with teaching and learning, then exam results will be outstanding and people will be knocking down the door to send their boys here," he said.
"I am very confident Desborough School will become an outstanding school in a very short space of time. I have been set a target of 2015 and I am adamant it will be outstanding by that time."
Mr Frazer has worked in schools in Sheffield, Barnsley, Hartlepool and Bradford and most recently was principal of the Airedale Academy in Wakefield from 2005 to 2011.
He replaces Andrew Linnell who left the school following a vote of no confidence by the school's board of governors in a meeting held in private.
Chairman of governors Nigel Cook, said: "Paul comes with a proven track record of success, wealth of experience and a can-do attitude that will transform Desborough very quickly.
The school is waiting on news from the Government over an application for academy status.
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