On Sunday 18th November the Sunday Times published its annual Parent Power report and named Guildford High School as Independent School of the Year 2012-13.
Mrs Fiona Boulton, Headmistress of Guildford High School, comments: “We are thrilled to have been named Independent School of the Year by The Sunday Times. It is a pleasure and a privilege to be part of this exceptional school. We are incredibly proud to have received independent recognition of something that we all firmly believe: that Guildford High School is a truly outstanding school.”
The Sunday Times looks at academic results, along with many other aspects of what a school offers, when selecting the Independent School of the Year. In its summary of the school, The Sunday Times’ article referred to the school’s modern curriculum, founded on academic rigour, and the creativity of the outstanding teaching. The article also highlighted that while the pupils work hard they also play hard, enjoying more than 50 different sports and a rich calendar of musical and dramatic productions.
Mrs Boulton continues: “We are justifiably proud of our consistently strong academic record but we see the breadth and depth of our pupils’ achievements not only in terms of academic results but also through the enormous range of activities and interests which they pursue to the highest level. What makes Guildford High School a great school is the busy and exciting programme we offer. The girls embrace challenges both in and out of the classroom and their good humour, enthusiasm and curiosity is what defines our relaxed, fun and lively school.”
Jon Coles, Group Chief Executive of United Learning, said: “This is fantastic news for Guildford High School and I congratulate the whole school community. The students and staff thoroughly deserve this accolade which is testament to their commitment and dedication to make the school such a special place.”
“Anyone visiting the school cannot fail to be impressed by what they see; from inspiring and challenging lessons and talented and supportive staff to a seemingly unending range of extracurricular activities, Guildford High School successfully nurtures, challenges and stretches every single student in its care.”