Desborough College

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Desborough College
Motto Strenuis Ardua Cedunt ("Difficulties Yield To Diligence")[1]
Established 1894
Type Academy
Principal Paul Frazer
Chair of Governors Nigel Cook
Founder A. E. Brooks
Location Shoppenhangers Road
Local authority Windsor and Maidenhead
DfE URN 138856 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 730[2]
Gender Boys with mixed Sixth form
Ages 11–18
Houses Dickens, Constable, Brunel and Elgar
Colours Purple and Gold         

Desborough College is a secondary school with academy status located on Shoppenhangers Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, England.

Until 2009 it was an all-boys school, however, the Sixth form has since become co-educational.[3] It was founded as Maidenhead County Grammar School in 1894 under its first Headmaster Mr A. E. Brooks.

In the 1970s reform in the Royal Borough ensured all schools converted to the then new comprehensive schools system, which prompted the School's name change to Desborough School after Lord Desborough, a prominent Maidonian.

For the second time in the School's history it changed status in 2012 becoming an Academy school, and changed its name to Desborough College. As part of its academy status it is partnered with the independent Radley College, Microsoft and The John Lewis Partnership.[4]


The school was founded as Maidenhead County Grammar School in 1894. In September 1973 it converted to comprehensive schooling. The school is the subject of a book, 100 and not out, written by David Evans, a long serving History teacher and former student, to celebrate the centenary of Desborough School.

During the 1990s Desborough School became a grant-maintained school providing it with increased funding and a greater degree of autonomy. The passing of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 abolished grant-maintained schools and Desborough reverted to LEA control.

In 2003, the school won Language College status. Additional languages are offered as extra curricular subjects. Japanese is now taught on Tuesdays after school.

A major renovation of the historic main school building was completed in 2006. This upgrade saw a new library and staff room, more classrooms and the removal of the school reception to the old music house. A new music department has been built in the place of the old temporary buildings.

The school became an academy in October 2012 and changed to Desborough College.

School houses[edit]

There are four school houses in Desborough which relate to important figures in British history, each with its own colour:

On their arrival at Desborough, every new boy is placed into a house where they can compete in various areas such as sporting events or other extra curricular activities. At the end of every major term an end of term assembly is held where the houses' points are collated from competing in various areas such as chess, rugby, hockey, and so on and then the house with the highest amount of points is awarded with a trophy for the period of the next term. The colour of each house is displayed on the students tie with a series of stripes and on their house polo shirts as the primary colour.


Notable alumni include:

Peter Jones at the school in 2008


Desborough has had many Headmasters. The original Headmaster of Desborough School was A. E. Brooks and the Brooks building which houses the Modern Foreign Language College, Geography and History departments is named after him.

Desborough's current Headmaster is Paul Frazer.[7] Mr. Frazer succeeded Andrew Linnell after Mr. Linnell resigned in 2012.[8] Mr. Linnell took over in 2005 from David Eyre, who moved to Brighton Hill Community College[9] at Basingstoke.

Sixth form[edit]

Desborough sixth form offers full-time places to female students, thus making it a mixed sixth form. It is led by the head of Key Stage 5 education and two heads of year. The sixth form facilities include a private study section of the Library, with a selection of specialist books, three private computer suites and a quiet study room.

The school has joined The Consortium programme along with Altwood Church of England School, Cox Green, Newlands School and Furze Platt Senior School in 2003. The Consortium allows sixth form students to take a subject not offered at their school and study it at another participating school. Subjects such as Geology and Politics are among the subjects that Desborough offers to the other schools. Transport is provided between schools.

Ties with The Berkshire College of Agriculture[edit]

As part of Desborough's commitment to offer its students an education that caters to their needs when choosing GCSE options in year nine, the College is partnered with the Berkshire College of Agriculture (BCA). This partnership allows Desborough students looking for a career in trade, sports coaching or public services the opportunity to study vocational courses. Students can study their chosen courses at BCA twice a week.


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Coordinates: 51°30′58″N 0°43′36″W / 51.5161°N 0.7268°W / 51.5161; -0.7268