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Guildford County School

Guildford County School
Motto Non nobis Domine
(Not unto us, O Lord)
Established 1909
Type Independent day school
Religion Church of England
Headteacher Jack Mayhew
Location Farnham Road
United Kingdom
DfE number 936/5400
DfE URN 139193 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Staff approx. 60
Students 1,069
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Houses  Tudor 
Patron Julian Lloyd Webber, Howard Goodall
Website Guildford County School

Guildford County School (GCS) is an independent co-educational day school run by its headmaster Jack Mayhew (as of 2013). It is located on Farnham Road (A31), Guildford, England, approximately 200 metres from Guildford town centre and opposite Farnham Road Hospital. It has around 950 students enrolled, including the Sixth Form, and about 87 teachers. The school's admissions policy is non-selective.[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.


  • History 1
    • Grammar school 1.1
    • Comprehensive 1.2
  • Exam results 2
  • House system 3
  • Sport 4
  • Music 5
    • Choirs 5.1
  • Alumni 6
    • Guildford County School for Girls 6.1
  • References 7
  • External links 8
    • News items 8.1


Grammar school

The school opened its doors in 1909 at its first premises on Nightingale Road and then moved in 1914 to its current site at Farnham Road. A Block is the oldest building and more buildings were added during the following sixty 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 school became grant-maintained in September 1990 and three years later a three-storey building named after the former Chairman of Governors, Stanley Cobbett, was opened by the then MP David Howell alongside the Headmaster David Smith, his wife Linda and daughters Lucy (head girl), Anna and Ellie. With the change in the age of transfer from 12 to 11, the school roll grew to over 900. The school became a Foundation School in 2000[2] and an Academy School in 2013.[3]

Exam results

In the summer 2010 examinations round 66% of pupils attained five A*-C GCSE grades including maths and English, in line with the county average and higher than the 50% national average. 66% was the 37th highest rate in the county out of 73 schools in Surrey who declared their GCSE results.[1][4]

For the 2010 A-level results, the average point score per student (an aggregate of all the grades achieved by a candidate) at Guildford County was 713.5. This was the 58th highest score out of the 73 Surrey schools which declared results and was the lowest average score of any sixth-form college in the Guildford and Godalming area.[4] 10% of achieved A-level entries were at grade A and 63% were at A-C.[1]

House system

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


There are a wide variety of sports available at Guildford County School. The Winter House Sports competition involves many team sports, whilst athletics are the main component of the Summer House Sports competition.

During the winter season, boys' sports include rugby, football, cricket, basketball and badminton, whilst cricket and softball are the main sporting components in the summer. Girls' sports include netball, football, basketball and tag rugby, as well as badminton, dance, gymnastics and trampolining. In summer, the girls also do rounders.


Guildford County School is a specialised music college.

On 21 October 2008, all choirs and musical ensembles performed at the internationally acclaimed Queen Elizabeth Hall in London to an audience of around 1000. This 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 have worked alongside GCS on this project for many months. The school now has many new facilities, due to the specialist music status, including another music studio. This has proved very useful for concerts and performances, and enabled music technology, an A-level option, to progress and develop as qualification and as an extracurricular activity for younger students.


The school prides itself on its many choirs including: 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. There are also school orchestras such as a Chamber Orchestra and Big Band. Mountside Music works with the school, providing music lessons for pupils interested in music.


Guildford County School for Girls


  1. ^ a b c
  2. ^ "Guildford County School - School History and Alumni". Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  3. ^ "Guildford County School - About Guildford County". Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  4. ^ a b "School tables (Education),GCSEs,A-levels,Secondary schools,Further education (NOT Universities. Vocational and post-school courses),Schools,Education". The Guardian (London). 12 January 2011. 

External links

  • Official school website
  • Friends of the School Website
  • Edubase

News items

  • Popular school in July 2007
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