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The deputy head pastoral and her team drove round the Surrey countryside making a James Corden-style Carpool Karaoke film to introduce themselves and then played it at assembly. She even organised a live nativity scene at Christmas, complete with real donkeys. We visited during the annual wellbeing week, which featured yoga sessions, mindfulness, dancing, a magician’s show and a juggling display. Music is a big part of school life, with opportunities to join choirs (there’s even a parents’ choir), orchestras, ensembles and...

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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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Executive Head

Since July 2023, Karen Laurie. Originally joined the school in 2003 as a history teacher, working her way up the ranks via deputy head pastoral and head of senior school. Studied history at Leeds, then worked in private industry before switching to teaching, gaining her qualifications at IoE, London.


Girls from the junior school take up 40 per cent of senior school places at 11 (they don’t sit an entrance exam for the senior school). The others (from around 90 different feeder preps and state primaries) complete a one-hour computer-based test comprising verbal, non-verbal and numerical exercises. They also have a one-to-one interview – the school describes it as ‘a friendly chat about yourself’. The process is transparent, aiming to create a level playing field for applicants of all backgrounds. Parents we spoke to...

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Extra time is allowed in our entrance examination for SEN girls, along with an educational psychologist report. Girls are admitted to the school on their academic ability. We have an SEN co-ordinator who works with the girls' educational psychologists to ensure that staff are taking into account their specific learning needs.

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