Head's Welcome

‘To be leaders in secondary education.  Where children thrive as resilient learners, are healthy, happy and successful and where we all believe that being Better Never Stops.’

We are delighted that you have shown an interest in our school, and we hope you find our website informative.  It is a privilege to share with you a flavour of what it is like to be part of our school community.

Guildford County School has an established reputation for academic success, developed within a caring, family atmosphere.  We are proud of our consistently high examination results and the culture of success that permeates throughout Guildford County School rated Outstanding by Ofsted in 2017. At Guildford County, we promote individual excellence within a caring community. We pride ourselves on the fact that every individual is known, valued and recognised for their individual qualities and for the different contributions they make to our successful school. We want each student to grow and flourish in a supportive and stimulating environment which enables them to fulfil their potential. Through our well established House system, focusing on academic achievement and activities in sport, music, drama and public speaking, we run a challenging programme of performances and competitions throughout the year which inspire staff and students alike.

Following our conversion to an academy on 1st January 2013, we have been successful in several bids for capital funds to support our continued growth and development. Our dedicated Art Block was completed in 2014, as were improvements to our science laboratories and a dedicated DT suite at the base of our Sixth Form building.  In September 2017, in collaboration with the local authority, we expanded our school to take an additional 20 students each year until 2021. To accommodate this growth, we have successfully completed a three-storey extension incorporating 8 new classrooms, a new staff room, toilets and offices. This year sees the opening of our new Multi-Use Games Area and the reopening of our newly refurbished library and during the course of this year, we hope to also begin work on a new Sports Hall. We hope that these developments will continue to enable us to provide the best learning environment possible for both students and staff.

Guildford County is designated as one of a small number of Specialist Music Colleges; we are a regional centre of excellence and have a firmly embedded culture of participation in Music, the impact of which raises achievement across the whole curriculum. We also work in partnership with local schools and community groups to share our expertise with other practitioners and celebrate the role music plays in learning, creativity and life.

We would be pleased to meet you at one of our open events, which provide an opportunity to see our school at work. We are also happy to make individual appointments for prospective parents, students or community partners to visit us and discover what makes our school an exciting place to be and a vibrant place to learn.

We look forward to welcoming you to Guildford County School in the near future.