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

News

22nd August 2019

GCSE Results 2019

Thursday 22 August 2019 Guildford County School is celebrating another set of excellent GCSE results today, with 61% of all students gaining a Grade 5 or more including English and Maths and 82% of all students achieving a Grade 4 or more including English and Maths. With 33% of all grades awarded at 9-7, it is difficult to single out individual students. Deserving of a special mention is James Giles, for holding a clean sweep of Grade 9’s in all his subjects as well as an A*^ in Further Maths. We are also tremendously proud of Sadie Edmeads, Stephanie Hughes, Grace Jolliffe, Tuesday Lovegrove, Dylan Smith and Archie Prime who topped the value added charts, achieving well above their individual target grades – a fantastic achievement. Guildford County School is also delighted with many outstanding individual results from students – Emily Wolfenden (10 Grade 9s, 1 Grade 8 and an A*^ in Further Maths), Rachel Doran (10 Grade 9s and an A*^ in Further Maths), Chloe Muir (9 Grade 9s, 2 Grade 8s and an A in Further Maths) and Charlie Payne (7 Grade 9s, 2 Grade 8s and an A* in Further Maths). The school also recognises the performance of the following students who achieved 5 or more Grade 9s – Joshua Brennan, Jack Faulkner, Anna Mitchell. Guildford County School Head of School Steve Smith welcomed the exam successes of County’s students: "we are absolutely delighted with the results that once again remind us how talented are the children that we serve here at County.  Early indications suggest that rates of student progress are well above national averages and we are very pleased that so many have elected to stay on and study with us at A level for the next two years.  Staff, parents and the students themselves have worked tirelessly over the last 5 years and the results achieved are a fitting recognition of these endeavours.  Most pleasing for me is that it is possible, every year, to achieve such excellent results, whilst still enjoying a rich school experience, an experience that places high value on study alongside co-curricular activity”. Jack Mayhew, Executive Headteacher commented positively on the results. “Many congratulations to the students on their fine achievements and to the staff who have worked tirelessly to help them achieve such successes. The reputation of the school builds still further as one of academic excellence in a caring community”. The Farnham Road school, which has recently expanded its main school and has undergone significant investment in its buildings and premises, with a new Sports Hall complex currently under construction.  The school attracts an increasing number of students to its academic, vibrant and successful GCSE and A level courses. For further information, please contact Antonella Bosco-Reid on 01483 504 089 or e-mail abosco-reid@guildfordcounty.co.ukRead Full Article
15th August 2019

A Level Results 2019

Thursday 15th August 2019 Guildford County School is celebrating another set of excellent A-level results today, with over 57% of students achieving an A*-B, and an impressive 30% gaining an A*-A.  Overall, the students enjoyed a pass rate of over 99%. 80% of all grades were A*-C grades. Individual successes were many, in a range of subjects. This year nineteen students hold three or more As or better. This is nearly a fifth of the cohort. Guildford County School is particularly proud of several outstanding individual results from students – Bo Beynon (A* A* A* A*), Lucy Neal (A* A* A*), Matthew Doran (A* A* A* A*), James Wolfenden (A* A* A* A), Katie Winchcombe (A* A* A), Harry Digby (A* A* A*) and Sam Dauncey (A* A* A and a Distinction in Advanced Extension Award for Maths).  Helen Nurton, Director of Sixth Form said “I am delighted with this year’s exam results and these are the students that led the school to raise over £10,000 for charity earlier in the year. They have been a fabulous year group. We will miss them and we wish them every success in the future.”  We are delighted that all students who have applied to University have secured places at prestigious universities across the country and 44% achieving places to Russell Group Universities including Durham, Exeter and Manchester.  Two County students holding Oxbridge offers have achieved their places. Bo Beynon has secured a place at Jesus College, Cambridge to read Natural Sciences. Matthew Doran has secured a place at Brasenose College, Oxford to read Geography.  Guildford County Head of School Steve Smith welcomed the exam successes of County’s A-level students: “I am delighted that we have once again seen results that will allow our students to successfully transition into the next stage of their lives.  100% of Oxbridge applicants achieved the grades that they need to take up their places and huge numbers got the top A* grade at A level.  I thank our staff for their dedication, our students for their hard work and their parents and carers for their tireless support.” The Farnham Road School, operates a mixed sixth form where the vast majority of students stay into the sixth form and attracts an increasing number of external students to its academic, vibrant and successful A’ level courses. Executive Headteacher Jack Mayhew is proud of Guildford County School’s reputation and is delighted to see so many students progressing to some of the best institutions in the country. “Our students deserve credit for their hard work and I wish them every success in their further studies and chosen career paths.”  Read Full Article
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