We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions which we hope you will find useful.
What kind of school is Guildford High School?
Guildford High School is an academically selective independent day school for girls aged four to eighteen.
When do pupils join Guildford High School?
The natural entry points are at 4+ and 7+ for the Junior School and 11+ (joining in Year 7) and 16+ (joining Sixth Form) for the Senior School. We are happy to assess pupils for entrance at other age groups dependent on availability of spaces. Please see our Entry points page for more information.
How do pupils travel to school?
Junior School has a very efficient “drop off” arrangement outside school from 07:45 where staff and pupils are waiting to greet younger girls as they arrive so that you can simply drive through without needing to park. There is a similar system in place for pick up.
Once pupils reach the Senior School, the majority (around 80%) travel to school by train as we are located directly adjacent to Guildford’s London Road station. When pupils join us at Year 7, we can arrange train buddies who will travel with them from their home station. Bus numbers 18, 25, 36, 37, 462 and 715 also stop very near school and the Park and Ride bus is another useful way of reaching school without driving into the town centre. More information on travelling to GHS and the school’s travel plan can be found here.
What is the school day routine?
|Lessons End|| 15:05 for Reception and Year 1
15:45 for Year 2 and older
|Morning Break||Short break at 10:30 (5 minutes)
Break at 11:45 (20 minutes)
Is any before or after school care available?
Girls can be dropped off from 07:45 and there is a breakfast club which is suitable for girls who need to be dropped at school from this time.
For after school, there is a ‘late class’ which runs from 15:05 to 15:45 for girls in Reception and Key Stage 1. After this time, girls can join the after school care group which runs until 18:00. This can be booked on an ad-hoc or regular basis and there is a charge for this facility.
For girls in Years 3-6 there is a homework club available, free of charge, from 15:45 to 16:30 daily. After this time, girls can also join the after school care group which runs until 18:00 and for which there is a charge.
Pupils can arrive from 07:45 when school opens. An optional breakfast is served from 08:00 where pupils can buy items such as cereal, croissants and hot drinks. After school, pupils can work in the library until 17:50.
Do you run extracurricular clubs and activities?
There are a huge number of extracurricular clubs and activities offered in the Junior School. Activities take place before school, during the lunch break or after school. Please see our Enrichment page for more information.
There is also a huge array of extracurricular clubs and activities offered in the Senior School and pupils are encouraged to join clubs and push their boundaries. Activities take place before school, during the lunch break or after school. Please see our Enrichment page for more information about what is available.
How much homework will my daughter be set each day?
Homework in the Junior School is very limited and when it is set, we endeavour to make it valuable for the girls, as well as flexible to fit around other activities the girls undertake. We prioritise ‘core’ homework which includes reading, spellings and times tables. All girls are expected to read at home regularly. There is no homework set during holidays.
In Years 7-9 pupils will have approximately one hour’s homework per night consisting of three twenty minute subjects. There is no homework set during holidays.
How will I know how my daughter is getting on?
We keep parents informed of what is happening in school and about their daughters’ progress through regular Parent/Teacher meetings, reports and reading records. In addition, parents can get in touch with a member of staff either by email or by making an appointment. Form Teachers are also available for a brief word before and after school. In addition, general letters and correspondence from school are sent out weekly along with a digital newsletter for Junior School.
Do pupils use mobile phones, the internet and iPads?
The internet is a useful education tool and is embedded in our curriculum. All pupils are allocated an iPad to use for schoolwork at the start of the school year. Internet and iPad use is closely supervised in school. iPads will be collected from pupils in Years 7-9 during school holidays. For more information, please see our Pupil IT Policy on the School policies page. We recognise that mobile phones are a useful tool for parents to keep in touch with their daughters in the Senior School (particularly when travelling to and from school). Once at school, mobile phones are stored in lockers.
What are the school fees each year and are there any additional costs?
Full information about our current school fees can be found on our School fees page. School lunches, trip and visits are charged separately. The majority of extracurricular clubs and activities are provided at no extra cost.
What areas do Guildford High School families live in?
The majority of girls coming to our Junior School live locally and within 20 minutes drive of school. In Senior School, pupils travel to Guildford High School from a wide range of areas around Guildford including Woking, Farnham, Camberley, Haslemere, Esher and Dorking.
From which schools do pupils join Guildford High School?
Pupils join us from a wide range of schools around the local area and further afield, we do not have preferred schools. Pupils from independent and state schools thrive at Guildford High School and approximately 30% of the offers made to pupils joining Year 7 (11+) are to those previously at state schools.
How do pupils move from the Junior School to the Senior School?
We hope and expect that all girls in Year 6 of our Junior School will move to Year 7 of the Senior School and there is no assessment day for entry to Year 7 for our Junior School girls. Please see our Moving to Senior School page for more information.
How many places are available at 11+?
There are just over 100 pupils in Year 7, across four or five forms, with typically 22-26 pupils in each form. Around 40% of these places go to pupils from our own Junior School, with 60% being secured by pupils joining Guildford High School at 11+.
How selective is Guildford High School?
Guildford High School is an academically selective school and the results of our entrance assessment are an important factor when we make offers of places. However, we are always looking for innate potential and the ability to learn, rather than simply assessing what a pupil has already been taught. In every year group there are pupils who are academically exceptional but the vast majority of pupils are simply bright, enthusiastic girls learners who seize the opportunities they are offered. You can find out more about the admissions process here.
Is any financial assistance available?
Financial assistance is available dependent on circumstance. We offer a small number of academic scholarships at 11+ and 16+ and music scholarships at 11+ and 16+. Through the United Church Schools Trust we also offer an assisted place scheme and bursary assistance is also available to members of the clergy. You can find out more about scholarships and bursaries here.
How many pupils are there at Guildford High School?
There are approximately 1,000 pupils in school overall. Almost 300 of these pupils are in the Junior School and our Sixth Form typically includes approximately 190 pupils.
Where do GHS pupils go on to when they leave school?
Guildford High School students go on to a wide array of higher education learning and future careers. Around 20% of students go on to study at Oxford or Cambridge colleges and students consistently secure places in the most competitive universities on the most competitive courses. The wide range of subjects which students go on to study, including sciences, medicine, social sciences, politics, economics, languages and humanities, reflects the variety of interests and abilities of our students. You can read more about higher education on our Sixth Form pages.