On Sunday 15th November the Sunday Times published its annual Parent Power report and named Guildford High School Junior School as Independent Prep School of the Year 2015-16.
In compiling its report, the Sunday Times looked at academic results, as well as other aspects of school life, and judged Guildford High School Junior School to be top of all of the schools in the country. In the 2014 Sats examinations, 100% of pupils achieved level 5 - the grade expected of a 13-year old - in English reading, writing and grammar, punctuation and spelling, while 96% reached level 5 in Maths. Outside of the classroom, girls achieved national success in sport, winning the IAPS National Netball Finals.
In its summary, The Sunday Times’ article referred to the progressive nature of the school which introduced iPads for all pupils in 2014, the breadth of the timetable, as well as the outstanding teaching and creativity. The report also highlighted that while the pupils work hard, an emphasis is also placed on a healthy work-life balance with pupils enjoying lots of different activities alongside their academic studies.
Mrs Fiona Boulton, Headmistress of Guildford High School comments “We are delighted to receive this prestigious recognition. The award is a wonderful celebration of our extra-ordinary Junior School community - a very special blend of multi-talented girls, outstanding teaching and truly supportive parents. This is a superb achievement for which congratulations are due to Mrs Sue Phillips, Head of Junior School, and all of the Junior School team.”
Jon Coles, Group Chief Executive of United Learning, said “Guildford High School offers all its pupils, from the very youngest to the Sixth Form, a truly extraordinary education. The Junior School provides a remarkable example of what even quite young children can achieve through the highest expectations, outstanding teaching, and a broad and rich curriculum which offers a vast range of co-curricular activities. This is well deserved recognition for Sue Phillips and all the teachers and girls at the Junior School.”