Ofsted rate Guildford County School as Outstanding
In February 2023, Ofsted judged that Guildford County School continues to be an outstanding school.
Highlights from the Ofsted report include:
- Pupils are ambitious to learn, and they achieve exceptionally well. The school has a creative and purposeful environment. Here, pupils feel safe. Pupils experience a rich and varied learning experience, both in and out of lessons. This is a community where, as staff and pupils proudly state, ‘better never stops’.
- Staff have the very highest of expectations, and pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. Leaders deal with incidents of bullying with sensitivity. They are determined to work with pupils and their parents to reach satisfactory and lasting outcomes for all involved.
- Pupils are attentive, and actively involved in making choices about their learning. Older pupils become increasingly independent in their thinking and study habits. Sixth-form students feel very well prepared for the next stage of their education and employment. They think creatively and flexibly, and eagerly debate their learning.
- Parents are hugely appreciative of what the leaders and all the staff do to enable their children to flourish. One parent spoke for many, when they said: ‘This is such a great community school. It has high expectations of the students in all areas of school life, providing a really stretching, yet balanced, life education.’
Ofsted also noted that Leaders and staff have created a rich curriculum designed to ensure that all pupils become resilient and thoughtful learners.
Pupils have highly positive attitudes to their learning, and work hard. They are eager to take part in lessons and are confident to ask questions about what they are learning. No learning time is lost. This is also seen in the sixth form, which is calm and inclusive. There are extremely positive relationships throughout the school. Many parents reflect on how well the school helps their child to be happy and successful.