Guildford County School

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Guildford County School
Motto Non nobis Domine
(Not unto us, O Lord)
Established 1909
Type state school
Headteacher Jack Mayhew
Location Farnham Road
United Kingdom
Coordinates: 51°14′03″N 0°35′07″W / 51.23428°N 0.58532°W / 51.23428; -0.58532
DfE number 936/5400
DfE URN 139193 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Staff approx. 60
Students 1,069
Gender Fluid
Ages 11–18
Houses  Tudor 
Patron Julian Lloyd Webber, Howard Goodall
Website Guildford County School

Guildford County School (GCS) is a co-educational day school on Farnham Road (A31), Guildford, England, 200 metres from Guildford town centre. It has around 1050 students enrolled, including the Sixth Form. The school's admissions policy is available on its website. It is run by its headmaster Jack Mayhew (as of 2013).[1]

In September 2004, the School was granted Specialist Music College status, designated by the Department for Education and Skills. Julian Lloyd Webber and Howard Goodall are patrons of the school.


Grammar school[edit]

The school opened the gates in 1905 at its first premises on Nightingale Road and then moved in 1906 to its current site at Farnham Road. A Block is the oldest building and more buildings were added during the following sixty-nine years.


In 1977, the girls' grammar school became a mixed 11-18 comprehensive school. Between 1977 and 1979, a second teaching block was built together with another gymnasium (the 'New Gym').

The school became grant-maintained in September 1990 and three years later a three-storey building named after the former Chairman of Governors was opened by the then MP David Howell alongside the Headmaster David Smith. The school became a Foundation School in 2000[2] and an Academy School in 2013.[3]

Exam results[edit]

In 2016, 83% of GCSE students gained 5 or more A*-C grades, with 76% gaining 5 or more GCSEs at A*-C grades including English and Maths - a 6 and 5 percentage point increase on last year’s results respectively. 2016 also saw 35% of all grades awarded were A* or A grade, 61% A*-B, with an overall pass rate of 99%. In 2016 at A Level, over 60 per cent of students achieved an A*-B, and an impressive 30 percent gaining an A* to A grade. Overall, the school’s students enjoyed a pass rate of over 99%. 82 per cent of all grades were A*- C grades.

House system[edit]

There are six houses at Guildford County School, named after royal houses:


Sport at Guildford County is rich with history and tradition, balanced with modern day emerging sports, providing students with a purposeful and rewarding physical education experience. Guildford County is successful in a variety of sports and its success on the field makes a major contribution to the students’ academic achievement, extra-curricular participation and social skills. The school is currently implementing a sports development plan to improve its sports facilities and equip the school for its planned expansion in admissions from September 2017.


Guildford County School is a specialised music college.

On 21 October 2008, all choirs and musical ensembles performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London to an audience of around 1000.[citation needed] The concert was held to celebrate The Voice and the use of singing as an educational tool; the members of Guildford County School were joined by several junior schools from around Surrey that worked alongside GCS on the project.


The school also offers more than 20 choirs and ensembles, most notably: Boys' Choir, Girls' Choir, Chamber Choir, Gospel Choir, Senior Choir, Community Choir, Sixth Form barbershop group and Schola Cantorum. In 2007, the Boys' Choir and Schola Cantorum both recorded CDs at the University of Surrey. In 2010 the Boys' Choir won a competition that resulted in them singing at an education conference at International Convention Centre, Birmingham.[citation needed] There are school orchestras; a Chamber Orchestra and a Big Band.


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