Mission Statement

“As a Music college we will raise standards of achievement and the quality of teaching and learning in music for all students.  We will also encourage our students to develop a lifelong passion for, and appreciation of music not only as performers and composers, but also as audiences, technicians and critics. We will be inclusive by promoting enjoyment of many different musical forms and encouraging all students to participate in a wide variety of music making. Our expectations are always high.”

We believe that specialist status has helped us to embed a positive and holistic ethos for teaching and learning. We wanted to embrace creativity as a dynamic process as this formed the basis with which we have modelled our framework for learning across the school. We defined “creativity” based upon a successful model of teaching and learning in music lessons:  Structure, modelling, teamwork, performance & demonstration, higher thinking skills, analysis, independent learning, self discipline, evaluation and celebration.

We have sought to engage students and engender a sense of self awareness in their learning and further enhance their transference of skills and enjoyment through a series of activities based upon themes, involving whole year groups, whole school and our feeder Primary schools.

High levels of participation have encouraged a strong sense of community, pride and team work.  All students perform annually in our House Music competition and many more habitually perform for their peers and wider audiences - both inside and outside of school on local and national platforms.  We regularly put on over 18 different concerts and events each year. This gives students the confidence and self esteem to perform in the widest sense of the word and ensures that both students and staff are respectful of others both in performance and in different contexts.

We have three Instrumental schemes designed and aimed at allowing all students the opportunity to try out the following:

Brass  Zone – Trumpet. French Horn, Trombone & Tuba

Reediscovery – Double Reeds – Oboes & Bassoons

Stringendo – Violins.

Further details are available on our dedicated “Instrumental Initiatives “page.

Caroline Gale

GRSM hons LRAM

Director Of Music; Head of Creative Arts

News

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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