House System

Students will join us in Year 7, and will quickly get to know their Head of House and Mrs Kirby, who oversees transition from primary school to Guildford County. Each student is placed into one of six houses, all named after Royal Households; Hanover, Lancaster, Stuart, Tudor, Windsor and York. Their Head of House and Form Tutor share the very important tasks of welcoming our new students in September, and encouraging and supporting them as they move through their first year at Guildford County School.  Please get to know your child's tutor and Head of House - not just if there are difficulties, but as one of the ways in which we can work together to make sure that the first year at Guildford County School is as successful as possible. 

Head of Hanover Mrs Sandy Budd
Assistant Head of Hanover Mr Dan Hill
Head of Lancaster Mrs Olivia Kirby
Assistant Head of Lancaster Mrs Francesca Lovell
Head of Stuart Miss Helena Rejman
Assistant Head of Stuart Mrs Caroline Brooks
Head of Tudor Miss Katie Macadam
Assistant Head of Tudor Miss Alice Heywood
Head of Windsor Mr Jonathan Thorpe
Assistant Head of Windsor Miss Laura Wilson
Head of York Mr Ollie Smith
Assistant Head of York Mr Sam Strong

Students are placed in tutor groups at the beginning of Year 7 and all students in a Tutor Group belong to the same house. Each tutor group contains a mix of children from different primary schools. We think friendships are important, and Mrs Kirby has invited children to tell her if they would like to be in the same tutor group as a particular friend. We endeavour to do our best to ensure students are with one nominated friend, however this is not always possible.  The tutor groups are an important social unit in the school.  Your child will usually stay in the same tutor group and therefore house until the end of Year 11.

We know that you will want your child to achieve as well as possible at school, and we shall share with you in your child's personal development during the next few years. On your behalf, and with your help, we shall continue to develop good habits of learning and considerate behaviour. We shall seek to spur your child on to achieve, and to encourage a sense of identity, confidence and community.

The six Houses compete against each other throughout the year; in sports, drama, music and other activities. There are strong House loyalties, and your child should enjoy taking part in a number of the House competitions. One of the first events in the Autumn Term is the House Drama Competition. Only students in Years 7, 8 and 9 perform in the plays. House Drama representatives (from the Lower Sixth Form) launch the competition at House meetings in early September.

More generally, House activities are for students of all ages, often organised as junior, intermediate and senior teams. The leadership given by senior students is a strong feature of our House system, and your child will quickly get to know some of our Sixth Form.

House Assemblies are scheduled weekly throughout the year. Senior students are given the valuable opportunity to lead in House Assemblies. All members of staff also attend assemblies of their House.