The headteacher of an academy school for boys has allayed fears over its future after the trust that funds it was forced to pull out.
Desborough College in Shoppenhangers Road, Maidenhead was financed by The Education Fellowship Trust (TEFT) but the body had its funding agreement with the Department for Education terminated. This comes after five of its 12 schools around the country - not including Desborough itself - were rated inadequate by watchdog, Ofsted.
It means Desborough, which also caters for sixth form girls, and the remaining 11 will now be transferred to new sponsors to receive their funding.
However, Desborough headteacher Paul Frazer, said the change was positive, adding: “From my own perspective as headteacher ofDesborough College I want to reassure parents that I do not consider our separation from the sponsors a negative development in any way and indeed it opens up some very exciting opportunities for us. Our examination outcomes have improved year-on-year and we are now officially over-subscribed with a waiting list of boys who would like to be given a place here. None of this will change and, indeed, I have never been more confident that the future for Desborough College and all of our boys and sixth-form girls is extremely bright.”
A TEFT spokesman said: “TEFT’s priority at this time is to ensure a smooth and timely transfer that minimises impact on the pupils, staff, parents and local communities at the schools.”
A Department for Education spokesman said: “Following ongoing concerns regarding the educational performance of the majority of The Education Fellowship Trust (TEFT) schools we have agreed to a request from the trust to terminate their funding agreement. One of the strengths of the academy system is that where underperformance is not addressed we are able to take action to tackle it. Our priority now is to work with the trust to transfer its schools to new sponsors to drive up standards and ensure all pupils receive an excellent education.”