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The school prides itself on being ‘a lively, vibrant place where girls blossom personally, intellectually and socially’. When we visited the place was a hive of activity. Girls were busy rehearsing for their inter-house music competition and everywhere we looked small groups were enthusiastically practising their song and dance routines. The school walls are full of artwork and motivational posters – we spotted one declaring that ‘mistakes are proof that you are trying’...

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What the school says...

Girls at Guildford High School learn how to learn, how to think creatively and how to take responsibility for their work. The school is characterised by excellent teaching, high academic achievement of pupils in all areas; outstanding pastoral care, an exceptional range of extra-curricular activities. We have well-motivated pupils within a cohesive school community. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Head of junior school

Since September 2021, Allistair Williamson, previously deputy head (overseeing staff development) of Surbiton Girls’ and Boys’ Preps. Has previously had head of year roles with responsibility for digital learning strategy in schools in both England and New Zealand.


At 4+, selective entry via ‘readiness assessments’ which include a group craft activity session where girls mix with peers and teachers, plus a one-to-one activity session with a teacher. ‘We try and make it as gentle a process as it can be,’ says school. ‘They are not expected to read and write. We are looking for children who are ready to learn.’ The entry process for 7+ places is more formal. Girls take written papers in English and maths, have lunch with their peers, tour the school and take part in fun activities. Competition...

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Special Education Needs

Guildford High Junior School is selective on entry and welcomes bright pupils. Dyslexia or any other type of learning difficulty or special need is not a barrier to entry or to accessing the High School curriculum. All teaching staff are trained through inservice training to support pupils with learning difficulties and our experienced special needs co-ordinator organises appropriate assessment and one to one special needs support as required by individual pupils; this involves additional costs for parents. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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