Guilsborough Academy

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This school has 11 parent reviews

West Haddon Road
11 - 18
Academy - Converter mainstream
4 1 1 2 3 4
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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
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Guilsborough School converted to become an academy in February 2011. When its predecessor school of the same name was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged outstanding. The school is larger than the average-sized academy with a sixth form. Most students are from White British backgrounds and the proportion of students who speak English as an additional language is well below the national average. The proportion of students supported by the pupil premium is well below the national average. This additional funding is provided for students who are known to be eligible for free school meals, are in local authority care, or have a parent in the armed forces. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs supported by school action is below average. The proportion supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is broadly average. There are currently eight students who attend Pury Hill, Moulton College and Rushmere Academy to follow alternative courses. The academy meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. The academy is designated as a specialist technology college. It is a member of the Leading Edge Schools Programme, the Challenge Partners programme and the SWAN (South West Area Northamptonshire secondary schools educational partnership). It is a member of the Grand Union Training Partnership which provides initial teacher training linked to a local university. The headteacher is a National Leader of Education.

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Guilsborough Academy Reviews

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“Excellent school 2017”
"> I have one child at Guilsborough in Year 8 and I could not praise the school enough. Excellent in every way, I feel very grateful that my daughter is attending such a school, we would highly recommend to anyone thinking of applying.
“Guilsborough 2015”
"> We have 2 children currently attending Guilsborough - one in year 11 and one in year 7. We have found the school to be friendly and supportive and staff respond quickly to requests and enquiries. There is a good range of extra curricular activities for students and the school musicals and concerts are outstanding! We have always been well -informed of our children's progress and have appreciated the systems in place to celebrate students' achievements with parents. We would warmly recommend this school to other parents.
“Best secondary school in Northamptonshire”
"> My daughter is in year 10 and she is very happy at Guilsborough Academy. She received fantastic support from pastoral care last year when she had friendship problems. The recent awards ceremony was a lovely event to celebrate our children's achievements and we always get a friendly welcome from staff and pupils at all school events. Overall we are very happy with the school.
“Keep up the good work Guilsborough!”
"> I have two, very different children in year 10 and year 9. Both of my children are very happy at school and are dealt with as individuals. We have had a bullying incident to deal with in the past, so we looked at the School policy, which is printed in every copy of the childrens' planners. We followed the steps and statements in it, which gave my child confidence to deal with the situation and contacted school immediately. School then followed their policy to the letter, and the situation was dealt with effectively and immediately, and also followed up at a later date to check that all was well. My experience has been that situations however tricky, are dealt with head-on, and parents are communicated with and kept in the picture. It also appears to me that broader policy changes are made to challenge situations that arise. Academically, my experience is that children are encouraged to stretch themselves, and to take their responsibilities in learning seriously. They are both happy within their different year groups, and have great friendships. My experience is that Guilsborough is prepared to go 'the extra mile' to prepare children and equip them for their future.
“Very Happy parent”
"> We have three children 20, 19 and 16 years old. Our youngest is in year 11 preparing for her GCSE's. All of our children have had a wonderful school life experience at Guilsborough and have many fantastic memories from school trips, friendships made with both students and staff, the amazing school expedition which involved team work and fundraising. Our eldest 2 have achieved all their goals so far. We found the school so efficient in all areas, I could contact the school to speak to a particular teacher and if they were not available at the time they would definitely call back the same day. All problems were dealt with so professionally and with great care. We would and have recommended Guilsborough School to everyone.
“A caring and nurturing school”
"> I have two children currently at the school, one in year 10 and the other in the upper sixth. Both have loved their time in school and thrived with the care and attention given to them by the teachers who have taken time to get to know them and their differing personalities. They have grasped the variety of opportunities presented to them and have enjoyed representing the school in different sports. The school have provided support when needed and have gone out of their way to sort out option choices when these weren't offered as standard. I have recommended Guilsborough as a school to people who ask about it.
“A very good school”
"> I had three children go though Guilsborough School, all of them have been very happy there and all three have done well academically. They've never experienced any kind of bullying or problems during their time at Guilsborough. They have always found the teachers supportive, especially by the PE department as they all were very sporty.
“A Caring School”
"> At Guilsborough Academy, we have had a very positive experience of the pastoral care. Any problem has been dealt with swiftly and with a positive outcome. The teachers and pastoral team really care about the children's happiness and wellbeing. When children go to secondary school you imagine that it will be difficult to sort out any problems your children may have due to the lack of contact with the school, however we have found that emails are answered quickly and meetings organised if necessary. The staff at Guilsborough Academy recognise that secondary school age children need a lot of pastoral support and this is provided with thought and care.
“Highly recommended!”
"> My daughter, now in year 10, has been very happy at Guilsborough and as a parent I have every confidence in the school. Academically she is stretched, challenged and supported by the teaching staff. She is also encouraged with her sporting activities both in and out of school. The staff have been very approachable and helpful with any concerns I have had over the years. I would have no hesitation in recommending this school.
“A Good Comprehensive School”
"> I've never written a review like this before but I really felt compelled to after reading other reviews. This is a comprehensive school with a broad range of kids. Both of my children could have passed the tests to go to a selective single-sex grammar school but I didn't want this. I want my kids to mix with all sorts of students from different backgrounds. Yes, there are some seriously mean kids at this school, as there are everywhere - kids can be cruel - and life isn't perfect. I believe taht children need to realise that there are mean people everywhere and master how to deal with it. Both of my kids have sought assistance from the Pastoral department and I have to say the school went out of their way to help them, in different ways. Is there REALLY a smoking area? I don't know anyone else who has heard about this but I'd be stunned if there was one! I agree that staff change too frequently which is why I'm not giving 5 stars but it seems that most of the staff who leave are leaving after a year which is quite common amongst young teachers who find that teaching isn't for them. Saying that, I DO hope staff get enough carrot to cope with the amount of stick they deal with. I know my kids have received school work help out-of-hours via email or in person at lunchtimes etc; there have been after school revision sessions for exams; extra curricular groups and outings. If my kids don't have the right equipment for a lesson, forget their homework, wear incorrect uniform, behave badly etc, then I expect them to take whatever punishment is given to them and for me not to bail them out like some parents. School is not just for passing exams, it's for learning to deal with life and I can't ask anymore of this school. I never regret my choice to send my children to Guilsborough.
“Awful school”
"> This school may do well in the league tables with exam results but it has a dreadful problem with bullying and pastoral care. Students seem to be allowed to do just what they want outside of lessons and the school has even provided a smoking area!!! Staff change regularly due to stress of dealing with students. The leadership of this school is weak with the head only looking to progress up league tables with exam results. But take any pastoral problem to the school and you will soon realise this school does not agree with the government ethos of 'every child matters' because at guilsborough they don't.
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