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Of all the school’s myriad achievements the head is most proud of the school’s pastoral care. A parent said that when problems arise the school is outstanding in its support. We visited during the annual Wellbeing Week, which featured yoga sessions, mindfulness, dancing, a magician’s show and a juggling display. The head was totally unfazed at the sight of ‘a guy juggling on a unicycle outside my office’ as she arrived for work...

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Creative thinking and creative learning are paramount at Guildford High School. Girls learn how to learn, how to take responsibility for their work and are encouraged to develop their individual abilities. Inspiring teaching by the supportive staff creates a vibrant learning environment in which girls achieve outstanding results. From sports and music to drama and debating, GHS girls embrace new challenges enthusiastically. Excellent facilities, an exceptional range of extra-curricular activities and exciting opportunities help to create the happy, lively community in which girls thrive. ...Read more

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Headmistress

Since 2002, Fiona Boulton BSc PGCE MA NPQH (early 50s). Read biology at Cardiff University, followed by a PGCE at Oxford. First teaching post was at Stowe, where she taught biology and chemistry and became housemistress of a sixth form girls’ boarding house. Spent five years at Marlborough, where she was a teacher and housemistress. She then moved to Surrey, teaching part-time at Guildford High while studying for her MA. Appointed as deputy head in 1996 and became head six years later. She is also a National Leader of Education, a role that involves helping other schools to raise standards and develop a self-improving and sustainable school system.

Guildford High is oversubscribed (three applicants for every year 7 place) so while she is in no way complacent about pupil numbers she...

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