Guildford County School


Name Guildford County School
Website http://www.guildfordcounty.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 17 January 2017
Address Farnham Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 4LU
Phone Number 01483504089
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1107 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.2
Academy Sponsor Athena Schools Trust
Local Authority Surrey
Percentage Free School Meals 6.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 12.5%

Information about this school

Guildford County Academy is a larger-than-average secondary school and is located in the centre of the city. The school converted to an academy in January 2013. The headteacher took up his post in September 2013 following the retirement of the previous headteacher. The proportion of pupils who are disadvantaged and eligible for pupil premium funding is well below the national average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is well below the national average. The majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds, although a higher proportion than nationally have a first language believed not to be English. The school meets the requirements of the publication of specified information on its website. The school complies with DfE guidance on what academies should publish. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The headteacher displays considerable strength of purpose and is single-minded in his pursuit of excellence. He has transformed the school since his appointment by raising the expectations of the whole school community. Pupils achieve very high standards and make excellent progress from their starting points. This is especially the case in mathematics, humanities and English. Governors are ambitious and challenging. They have successfully set the strategic direction of the school through their exacting support for leaders. 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. Pupils enjoy the opportunities they have to study a wide variety of subjects and learn new skills outside the formal school day. This is especially the case with music, which plays a pivotal role in the school. Vulnerable pupils, including the disadvantaged and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, make good progress. They achieve as well or better than other pupils with similar starting points nationally, although their progress is not as rapid as others in the school. The leadership of teaching is very well developed so that staff are well supported to improve their practice. As a result, staff blossom, including those new to the profession. The teaching of the 16 to 19 study programmes is very successful. Students achieve very well so that there are increasing numbers moving on to attend top universities, including Oxford and Cambridge. Those pupils who experience anxiety or have social and emotional health needs are supported especially effectively. Leaders have taken swift action to ensure that additional resources are well targeted at the greatest level of need. Pupils and students make a very significant contribution to school life through the various councils and the house system. Leaders work very successfully across their local community, including providing bespoke support to a neighbouring junior school. Those few pupils who attended less well in the past are now attending more frequently. Overall attendance is now very high and well above the national average. Parents are extremely positive about their children’s experience at the school, especially the respectful and courteous atmosphere. ?Potful and