About Time Concert

“Music is the art of sounds in the movement of time”   Busoni

On the 29th March we celebrated the talent of our wonderful students in our GLive Gala concert ‘About Time’.

Music is a powerful, emotional stimulus and a complex structure of sounds whose different parameters can affect the perception of time. It is able to distort or negate “clock time”, creating a parallel temporal world in which we are prone to lose ourselves.  It is particular, yet universal, transitory in experience yet lasting in reflection.

The beauty of music has the ability to speak where words fail and an innate ability to go beyond aesthetic beauty alone.  Every musician strikes a different balance between faith and reason, instinct and intelligence which, in turn reveals the intimate, personal side of music.  This is the “why” part and, for me, is the most essential part of all.

Music teaches us how to think, not what to think. It equips us with the ability to feel compassion, to embrace multiple perspectives, to understand that small, often subtle differences can have large effects and too often allow us to say what cannot be said.  It teaches that problems can have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer.  All performing happens in real time and relies on self discipline, stamina, resilience, flexibility and emotion, but can only bear fruit as a result of focussed, effective and structured preparation.

It is about time that education, nationally, recognised that access to creativity is not private property, but a human entitlement. We need to reward new and interesting rather than always focus on right or wrong. By restricting access or, by assuming that it is a separate part of the curriculum, we are in fact educating children out of their creative capacities. 

Nurturing is not a mechanical process, it is an organic one and through creativity, we create the conditions under which we all thrive. It is a unifying force that creates the power of personal, independent accomplishment and excites our spirit and energy.

It is our universal language and what connects us.  Our concert openly celebrates and accesses sensitivity, recognising equality, collaboration, courage, perseverance, talent, skill and pride.

There is a Chinese proverb that says: “A Bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song”

Music is not what we do, it is who we are.

Caroline Gale

Director of Music; Head of Creative Arts

GRSM hons LRAM

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12th August 2021

GCSE Results 2021

Thursday 12th August 2021 - GCSE Results at Guildford County School Today we are celebrating the hard work, dedication and impressive achievements of our GCSE students here at Guildford County School.  Our deepest thanks go to the Exams team for making sure that the morning ran so smoothly and also to the Sixth Form team for ensuring that enrolment to our hugely successful Sixth Form was slick and efficient.  We would also like to thank the many other staff who attended earlier on today to help with the distribution of results and to offer their congratulations and support to the students themselves. Whilst Year 11’s studies this year were significantly disrupted by the pandemic, not least when it was announced that GCSE exams this summer were to be cancelled, we want to celebrate very sincerely the culmination of 5 years’ hard work by each and every student since they joined the County family in Year 7.  The lack of public exams this year was a challenge for everyone, but we do feel that we were able to give a ‘real’ experience to all of our students by hosting our own, internal exams series, which, as with A level, formed a key part of our assessment process this year.  Whilst our students did not get a chance to show what they would have achieved in formal GCSE exams, there has been a complex process to allocate a ‘Teacher Assessed Grade’ (TAG) for each student in each subject.  It is important today that we do not let any discussion of this process overshadow the huge amount that has been achieved by every single student over a great number of years.  It is important that they can move on to the next stage in their education with the sense of achievement and recognition that they all so rightly deserve. As with the summer exams of 2020, the DfE are not compiling or publishing any school performance figures this year.  In keeping with this, many schools, including us here at County, will not at this stage be publishing school level performance figures for this summer for GCSE.  We are, however, delighted to be able to share with you some individual stories of success.  Deserving of special mention are Daisy, Madeleine, Ella, Ellie, Josh and Joseph who have all achieved outstanding individual results.  We are also tremendously proud of James, Ruby, Lili and Leonie who topped the value-added charts, achieving well above their individual target grades.  Steve Smith, Headteacher of Guildford County School, comments that, ‘today represents the end of one phase of each student's education and is a terrific opportunity to recognise and celebrate what they have all achieved.  We are delighted to be able to congratulate the Year 11 Class of 2021 for their fantastic results and also to wish them well as they move on to the next phase of their lives with our full support and our very best wishes for the future.  For most, this will be here at Guildford County Sixth Form and we cannot wait to welcome them and a large number of external recruits, through the doors in September.  External students still unsure of where to go next should get in touch with our Director of Sixth Form, Helen Nurton (hnurton@guildfordcounty.co.uk) to find out more about joining the County community.’ Read Full Article
10th August 2021

A Level Results 2021

Tuesday 10th August 2021 - A Level Results at Guildford County School  Today we are celebrating the hard work and successes of our Sixth Form students here at Guildford County School. Our sincere thanks go to the Sixth Form and Exams teams for making sure that the preparation for today and the results distribution morning itself ran so smoothly and also to the many other staff who attended earlier on to help with the delivery of results and to offer their congratulations and support to the students themselves. Whilst the studies and preparation for the culmination of Year 13 were not the same as in most years, due to the cancellation of public exams, we do feel that we were able to give a ‘real’ experience to all of our students by hosting our own, internal exams series as a part of our assessment process this year. We want to celebrate the many achievements of each and every student leaving us today; over the course of the 7 years that they have been with us, their footsteps have left a permanent and positive mark in the history of our school.  Whilst our students did not get a chance to show what they would have achieved in formal A Level exams, there has been a complex process to allocate a ‘Teacher Assessed Grade’ (TAG) for each student in each subject. It is important now that we do not let any discussion of this process overshadow the huge amount that has been achieved by every single student over a great number of years. It is important that they can move on to the next stage in their education with the sense of achievement and recognition that they all so rightly deserve.  As with the summer exams of 2020, the DfE are not compiling or publishing any school performance figures this year. In keeping with this, many schools, including us here at County, will not at this stage be publishing school level performance figures for this summer. We are, however, delighted to be able to share with you some individual stories of success. Two County students Rachel and Emily have secured places at Cambridge University.  Rachel will study Natural Sciences, and Emily begins her career as a doctor, studying Medicine.  We are also tremendously proud of Chloe who has secured a place at the University of Bristol to study Veterinary Science and Charlie who will be studying Music at the Royal College of Music in London.  Special mention goes to Shannon who has overcome many personal challenges throughout her school journey to shine in her Sixth Form studies, securing a place on a Business Management degree course; to Olivia who is the first in her family to attend University and has flourished in her A Level studies; and to Millena who arrived in the County family with English as her second language – she has shown exceptional tenacity and dedication to secure a place studying Marketing, also the first in her family to attend University.  At the time of writing, 90% of all of our departing students have secured places at Universities from Edinburgh to Bournemouth, Bath to Northampton, including 22 offers from prestigious Russell Group Universities.    Steve Smith, Headteacher of Guildford County School, comments that, ‘today represents the end of one phase of each student's education and the opportunity to recognise and celebrate what they have achieved. We are delighted to be able to congratulate the Class of 2021 for their many achievements and also to wish them well as they move on to the next phase of their lives with our full support and our very best wishes for the future. I am hopeful that many will choose to become members of our ever growing alumni community and that we will then be able to continue to watch their successes over the years to come.’Read Full Article
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