Ofsted rate Guildford County School as Outstanding
In February 2017, Ofsted judged Guildford County School to be 'Outstanding' in all areas.
Ofsted inspectors visiting our school on 17th and 18th of January noted students’ ‘excellent progress across a wide range of subjects’, with pupil achievement ‘well above the national average and in the top 15% in the country’.
Highlights from the Ofsted report include:
- ‘Pupils achieve very high standards and make excellent progress from their starting points.’
- ‘All pupils are unanimous in their praise for the respectful and warm atmosphere in the school.’
- ‘The curriculum is lively and interesting. The academic focus is enhanced by extensive additional enrichment opportunities‘
- ‘The most able pupils’ progress is well above the national average… (They) are challenged very effectively with skillful questioning or additional tasks’
- ‘Pupils are proud of their school and their achievements. They are active citizens who make significant contributions to their community within and outside of the school.’
The report refers to the school’s ‘very extensive programme of after-school events and visits’ and its ‘pivotal’ music provision, noting ‘the school choirs… are integral to life in the school’.
Ofsted also noted the ‘extremely high standards’ modelled by teachers and other staff, with pupils and staff enjoying ‘very positive relationships, built on mutual respect and affection.’ One parent commented, ‘I am encouraged daily by the kindness and compassion of the staff.’ The report states: ‘Parents are overwhelmingly positive about leadership across the school. They are also unanimous about the high standards of teaching and the rapid progress that pupils make.’