News and Updates
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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18th March 2020
COVID-19 UPDATEThursday 19 March
As you are doubtless now aware, Prime Minister Johnson has given the instruction that schools must close. We will close tomorrow, 20th March, at 3.30pm. A difficult decision for any Government to take, but one that is backed by the scientific advice that a crowded school could cause a faster rate of disease transmission over the coming days and weeks, albeit with children far less likely to become ill if they contract the disease.
I am incredibly reassured, however, that the advice also suggests that schools with less dense populations can still function, because it is possible to reduce the proximity of people from each other and also to increase the amount of clear spaces in a building designed to contain more people than the current proposals would permit.
As such, I am delighted that we are able to act with our social conscience and offer to continue to serve certain members of our County community, to include service, accurate at the time of writing, over the Easter break. I write now to ask families where both parents are key workers, or, in the case of lone parents, where that parent is a key worker, to get in touch with the school, by email, to let us know that you still intend next week to send your child to school. Please write the email, by 8pm this evening, to Kath Whitehead on email@example.com leaving the body of the email blank and stating only in the subject line the name and tutor group that your child is in and also the profession in which you (both) work. If we consider your request appropriate, then we will simply reply ‘yes’. If we do not feel that you currently sit within the guidance, then we will reply ‘no’. I feel that I must apologise for the directness of this approach and also for the fact that we may not be able to welcome all students who might want to be on site. I am trying here to strike a balance based on the advice that I have currently received.
While the definition of key worker was not discussed by Mr Johnson, this traditionally refers to NHS workers, police officers, supermarket delivery drivers and those who look after the vulnerable and elderly. A full list has not yet been revealed by the Government but those classed as being a key worker could be expanded over the coming hours. Needless to say, I will keep in touch with you all to update you as I am able.
We will also be welcoming onto site other children who are classed as vulnerable. We have accurate lists already of these children and will get in touch with parents and carers to invite their children to remain at school and will seek confirmation that they will be coming in.
We are currently working to devise a suitable timetable for the children, who are likely to be taught in Year Groups. We will start the school day at 9.00am and finish at 2.30pm, with three 90 minute lessons and two 30 minute breaks during the day. We are also looking at options for simple food service during one of these two breaks and also at the opportunity of allowing onto site any child who is eligible for a free school meal. If these free school meal children are not the children of key workers, then they will be able to sign in, collect and eat their food, sign out and then leave the site.
This will all need to be quite fluid and is likely to change as we experience this new regime. It is also likely to change as the numbers of children attending go up or down and also as the number of available staff inevitably reduce. I will write regularly to keep parents and carers informed as and when our plans change. I must also now tell you that I have now decided to cancel the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award event next week and also to cancel the Easter revision sessions.
If I can remind parents and carers that the current advice is for students who are not in school to continue to apply the approach of social distancing and not to be coming together in groups when they are away from school. The upcoming email to explain remote working will see children engaged in productive activity, in the home and not in close proximity to others.
I will write again later today with any further details. I will also write later with any further details that I have about the GCSE and A level exams. Until then, please do keep an eye on our twitter and Instagram feeds and on our website.
Please feel reassured that this difficult time will pass swiftly, as much as it is currently causing much strain. I very much look forward to, when we have all worked together and pulled through, the opportunity to welcome you all into school for the celebratory opening of our new Sports Hall, which continues to be developed, ahead of schedule. A truly exciting prospect for the coming academic year.
I would like to thank our Chair of Governors, Sarah Wynde, for her support during this situation and I also extend my thanks to the Executive Headteacher of Athena Schools Trust, Jack Mayhew, who I have asked to co-sign this letter.
Steve Smith Jack Mayhew
Head of School Executive Headteacher
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