Prince's risborough has its tour on Thursday...have a look, ask the same question you have asked here.
After much speculation as to why it was so unpopular I met the deputy head last year, she was wonderful I have to say, the things she said to put my ds at ease and the way she responded to our fears,was brilliant. Ds did not go, due to winning his appeal for grammar but our fears he would be left to flounder were lessened.
The school does have trouble keeping great staff, but then so do all the uppers, and tbh rgs lost several great teachers last term.
Guest55 will have filled you in about certain aspects of management, I am sure. The ofsted rating related mostly to this if you read the report carefully.
Triple science is actively encouraged, maths is pushed hard too, they have many very able near miss children attend the school, their needs are concentrated upon in years 10/11 probably too much for fairness of others. The sixth form needs to find a balance, tricky when in reality the cohort who are not supposed to be bright enough to study for several A Levels and achieve great marks want to do just that. However your child can shop around at sixth form time.
There is a historic snobbery from the surrounding south side villages which means people tend to travel to the misbourne, away ftom the banjo playing, grass chewing risboroughites. When misbourne was struggling risborough became very popular with the same parents.
You will be regaled with stories of vodka in the loos, teenage s*x romps, smoking on the playing fields, told by caring parents who always finish their tales with a triumphant, "I am sure #### will do brilliantly there, but it just wasn't right for jakey and he so badly wanted to go to the misbourne to study three languages and play the double bass, we felt it worth the taxi fares." All nonsense really, more to do with the amount of z3' s in the car park and home addresses without a house number, in some cases, although misbourne is a fine school of course.
The kids love the location, they have a new sports centre, they have a safe environment, great sense of family values, a brilliant basket ball team and a lovely safe town to wander round and meet up with friends at after school if they want. There are problems, but these are found at most uppers...finding the balance between homework given and homework they can do extra in order to do very well can be tricky for bright kids who may need pushing a bit, from what my friends tell me. There is also a sizeable chunk of timetable dedicated to community lessons in year 7/8 but they choose their subjects in year 8 and then knuckle down hard in year 9.
Anyway, I will be there Thursday with ds3, so will listen out for your question.