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For Year 7 and Year 12 Entry from September 2021

Welcome to our school.  Whether selecting a place for your child in Year 7, looking for a place for yourself in Year 12 or simply wanting to know more about Guildford County School, I welcome you to this webpage and our virtual open events for September 2021 entry and beyond.

Guildford County School - or ‘County’ as we call ourselves - has a purpose: we are entrusted to provide young people with the best education in the country, an education that is focused on delivering outcomes of every description.  We use that word ‘entrusted’ for a reason, recognising the trust that you have placed in us by choosing our school and Sixth Form.  This is a responsibility that we take seriously.

You have chosen our school and Sixth Form, we hope, because you value what we strive for: providing an environment where children thrive, becoming resilient learners who are healthy, happy, and successful.

You have also chosen our school, we hope, because you know of our reputation for helping to shape young people who live our values: demonstrating a generosity of spirit; showing creativity in all of their endeavours; and celebrating success in all of its forms.  These values are important to us, and members of our community will become familiar with them in the short-hand version that we use every day: Give, Create, Succeed.

But what does this mean in practice?  What are County students like?

A County student holds the door open for others.  They walk with their shoulders back and their head held high.  They look you in the eye and smile.  They say ‘hello’, ‘please’ and ‘thank you’.  They think about others before they think of themselves.  They wear their uniform correctly, smartly and with pride, recognising that, in this act, they communicate humility to their peers: we are the same as each other and share in a common purpose of learning.  They approach life with optimism and enthusiasm, knowing that difficulties will come, but being confident that they can work with us and find ways to overcome them.  A County student will throw themselves into every opportunity that comes their way: choirs, ensembles, sports teams, clubs, trips and myriad other activities.  They willingly take on roles of student leadership and responsibility.  They enjoy their many successes, always celebrating the success of others first.  They seek to become the very best version of themselves that they can be, understanding that this is always a work in progress.

County students, in short, make us proud, as they make you proud.  They do this within a loving school and Sixth Form community that is big enough to offer an exciting curriculum, yet small enough to know each student by name.  As they begin their County journey, we are excited about what they will achieve here, about what progress they will make and we are excited to watch as they leave us for university, travel, work or further training.

My team and I look forward to working in partnership with you to help shape young people into resilient learners who are healthy, happy, and successful.  I very much look forward to welcoming you next September.

 

With my very best wishes,

Steve Smith, BSc (Hons), MA, NPQH

Head of School

 

Main School - Year 7 Entry

Sixth Form - Year 12 Entry

 

 

News

20th August 2020

GCSE Results 2020

Today we are celebrating the hard work and achievements of our GCSE students here at Guildford County School – my sincere thanks go to the exams teams for making sure that the morning ran so smoothly and also to the many other staff who attended to help with the distribution of results and to offer their congratulations and support to the students themselves. Whilst their studies and preparation for the exams were abruptly halted by the lockdown at the end of March and the cancellation of the GCSE exams for this summer, we want to celebrate their many achievements over the course of the 5 years that they have been with us.   Our students did not get a chance to show what they would have achieved in formal GCSE exams but instead, there has been a complex process to allocate a ‘Centre Assessment Grade’ (CAG) and a ranking for each student in each subject.  Over recent months, and continuing as we write this, there has been some debate and controversy in the media about the CAG process, but we must not allow this to distract us all from celebrating the hard work of our students over the last 5 years. Indeed, we cannot allow our students to be defined by this most unusual of times. These students did not get the chance to have their Prom, so it is important that they see today as the chance to move on to the next stage in their education with the sense of achievement and recognition that they all so rightly deserve.  We are delighted that for so many of these students the next stage is here with us in the Sixth Form at Guildford County School – where we are still accepting applications from external students for a place on our courses from September 2020. Due to the way that results this year have been calculated, the DfE are not compiling or publishing any school performance figures and so in keeping with this, Surrey schools and others more widely will not 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.  Deserving of special mention are Ada Kirczenow, Emma Robertson, Ella Brooks, Bethany Muir and James Tidbury who have all achieved outstanding individual results.  We are also tremendously proud of Nicolas Gruter, Marina Warchus, Chloe Carmichael Parsons, Kit Kethero and Demi Kun who topped the value-added charts, achieving well above their individual target grades.   Steve Smith, Head 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.  The uncertainty over the grade allocation process has been unfair to our Year 11 and 13 students, but I am glad that the right decision has been made and that teacher judgements are now seen as the trusted means by which to allocate grades to students.  We are delighted to be able to congratulate the Class of 2020 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, love and best wishes.’ Read Full Article
13th August 2020

A Level Results 2020

Today we are celebrating the hard work and achievements of our students here at Guildford County School – my sincere thanks go to the Sixth Form and Exams teams for making sure that the morning ran so smoothly and also to the many other staff who attended to help with the distribution of results and to offer their congratulations and support to the students themselves.  Whilst their studies and preparation for the exams were abruptly halted by the lockdown at the end of March and the cancellation of the A Level exams for this summer, we want to celebrate their many achievements over the course of the 7 years that they have been with us.  Our students did not get a chance to show what they would have achieved in formal A Level exams but instead, there has been a complex process to allocate a ‘Centre Assessment Grade’ (CAG) and a ranking for each student in each subject.  Over recent months, and continuing as we write this, there has been some debate and controversy in the media about the CAG process, but we must not allow this to distract us all from celebrating the hard work of our students over a great number of years.  Indeed, we cannot allow our students to be defined by this most unusual of times.  These students did not get the chance to have the usual leavers' events, so 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. The A Level results this year have been allocated according to a standardisation model which uses the results of previous years, rather than being a reflection of the standards in the school in the academic year 2019-20.  As a result, the DfE are not compiling or publishing any school performance figures and so in keeping with this, Surrey schools and others more widely will not 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.  Three County students, Bethan, Rebecca and Jamie have secured places at Oxford University. We are also tremendously proud of Cameron who has secured a place at the Royal Academy of Music and Ellie and Leah who are the first of their families to go to University. At the time of writing this, all of our students who have applied to University have secured places at prestigious Universities across the country including Russell Group Universities. Steve Smith, Head 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 2020 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 best wishes.’Read Full Article
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