News and Updates
31st October 2020
Passing of David Smith, former HeadteacherIt is with great sadness that Head of School, Steve Smith, writes to inform you all that David Smith, former Headteacher of Guildford County School, sadly passed away this morning.
A strong and dedicated leader, from whom many learnt their craft, David served the school and the Guildford community for a great many years and moved the school forward as a comprehensive from its former days as a girls’ grammar.
Following his retirement, David and his wife remained in Guildford and he will be much missed by many, including a number of colleagues still serving at County who worked alongside David during his time at the school.
We offer our most sincere condolences to David’s family at this difficult time. His wife and daughters have decided to raise some money for a local charity in his name. Eikon, a local Surrey charity supporting vulnerable young people, was something that David was very passionate about. If you feel that it’s appropriate, please do feel free to make a donation to their work here:
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22nd August 2019
GCSE Results 2019Thursday 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.
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15th August 2019
A Level Results 2019Thursday 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.”
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