Misbourne School

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The Misbourne
The Misbourne Logo.png
Motto Success Through Learning
Established 1956
Type Secondary modern community school
Headteacher Mr Robert Preston BA,MEd(Oxon)
Chair of Governors Katherine Edgar
Location Misbourne Drive
Great Missenden
HP16 0BN
Coordinates: 51°41′55″N 0°42′17″W / 51.6985°N 0.7046°W / 51.6985; -0.7046
Local authority Buckinghamshire
DfE URN 110490 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 910 [1]
Gender Co-educational
Ages 11–18
Colours Cherry Red and Navy Blue         
Website www.misbourne.bucks.sch.uk

The Misbourne is a co-educational secondary school in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire. It is a community school, which takes children from the age of 11 through to the age of 18. The school has approximately 910 pupils.[1] The Misbourne has a sixth form of around 200 students, offering A-Levels as well as BTEC qualifications.

Academic performance[edit]

In its most recent Ofsted report of November 2013 The Misbourne was rated as good in all four judgements. Ofsted reported that the school's achievement "is good and rising rapidly". Behaviour and safety "of students and their attitudes to learning are extremely good. Teaching "is good overall with some that is outstanding". Leaders and managers "are ambitious for the school’s future and set demanding targets".[2]

The Misbourne improved its 5 A*-C GCSE performance from 72% in 2011.[3] to 84% in 2012, placing the school in the top four upper schools in Buckinghamshire, to its highest ever result of 88% in 2013.[3] In the sixth form, 99% of A level exams were passed, with 76% at A*-C and 41% A*-B.[4]

According to its 2013 Ofsted report, "The sixth form is good. Students’ attainment at both AS and A2 levels is improving. Sixth formers make good progress in their work related courses" Ofsted Report April 2013.[2]


Partly as a result of the school's specialist statuses in Arts and Technology, the school has several ICT rooms with computers for student use. In addition, there is a printing room where photographs can be processed and produced. Students also have access to computer aided design software (CAD).

The school canteen functions as a cafe, operated by a third party company. The school also has tennis courts and large playing fields.

The school's Performing Arts block was opened in 2004, in memory of former headmaster David Selman. It provides a small practise rooms for private music lessons and student use. The classrooms are all equipped with Casio keyboards. There is a dance studio and a recording studio equipped with music editing software. Sixth formers have access to their own private study area and ICT suite.


The Misbourne was the first purpose-built secondary modern school in the country.[5] The first pupils started at the school on 19 December 1955, although it did not officially open until 20 January 1956. Originally there were only twenty-five students.[6]

The school celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2005/6. The celebrations culminated in a Jubilee summer fête in June 2006 which was attended by Cherie Blair.[7]

The Misbourne School was rated the "friendliest school in Britain" in 2005, on Friends Reunited.[8][9]

In September 2006 the Misbourne was awarded specialist school statuses in both Arts and Technology.[1]

The Misbourne celebrated the first MizFest on 9 July 2012 students took part in music and drama performances, a fashion show, and workshops including fashion, cake baking, trampolining and Taiko drumming, with a performance by the community choir.[10]

Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan MP, visited The Misbourne on Friday 14 March 2014. [11] [12]

On Wednesday 19 March 2014 former Misbourne student, Lieutenant Ian Bennett, “dropped in” to The Misbourne in a Merlin Mk 2 helicopter. Bennett came back to school to talk about his career in the Royal Navy, and invited some on-board the helicopter. [13] [14] [15]

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Ofsted database: The Misbourne School". Ofsted. Retrieved 2011-10-28. 
  2. ^ a b "Ofsted Report - The Misbourne". misbourne.bucks.sch.uk. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Abell, Jack (22 August 2013). "'Fantastic' GCSEs for the Misbourne School". getbucks.co.uk. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  4. ^ Lovett, Lorcan (15 August 2013). "Best ever A-Level results for The Misbourne". getbucks.co.uk. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  5. ^ "The Misbourne News" (PDF). Misbourne School Newsletter. October 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-08-17. 
  6. ^ "Old school pals invited to be part of Golden Jubilee bash". Bucks Free Press. 7 September 2005. Retrieved 2007-08-17. 
  7. ^ Phillips, Neil (23 July 2007). "Cherie Blair keeps her playground date". Bucks Free Press. Retrieved 2007-08-17. 
  8. ^ "Friends Reunited 2005 School Report Shows Women Make Better School Friends Than Men" (Press release). PRNewswire. 29 November 2005. Retrieved 2006-07-28. 
  9. ^ "Friendly praise for school celebrating 50 years". Bucks Free Press. 5 December 2005. Retrieved 2007-08-17. 
  10. ^ "Prestwood". buckinghamshireadvertiser.co.uk. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  11. ^ "Cheryl Gillan MP on Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  12. ^ "- News - The Misbourne". misbourne.bucks.sch.uk. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  13. ^ "- News - The Misbourne". misbourne.bucks.sch.uk. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  14. ^ "Navy helicopter pilot drops in at old school". bucksfreepress.co.uk. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  15. ^ Lovett, Lorcan (21 March 2014). "Video: Navy helicopter makes surprise landing". getbucks.co.uk. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  16. ^ Corner, Speakers. "James Corden - Comedy & Cabaret - Speakers Corner". speakerscorner.co.uk. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  17. ^ "Martin Lister - Film Star - Cinema & Film". viewlondon.co.uk. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 

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