<p>George Abbot School sees itself as an important part of the local community and is committed to promoting community cohesion both within and outside the school. As a teaching school we work closely with a number of partner schools locally, nationally and internationally.</p>
<p>George Abbot School is a large 11-18, mixed comprehensive, situated in the pleasant Burpham area of Guildford, within easy reach of the town, the A3 and London Road railway station. It is a forward looking and dynamic school which has a reputation for excellence in every area. The overall aim of the school is to promote excellence, personal achievement and the realisation of each student’s potential irrespective of gender, race or cultural background. George Abbot became an Academy on 1 July 2011.</p>
<p>For many years we have been an Accredited Provider for Initial Teacher Training. This aspect of our school has not only provided excellent training opportunities for our staff but has also provided us with highly skilled teachers in many of the shortage subject areas, allowing us to be always fully staffed with every teacher teaching their specialist subject. Furthermore, in 2011 we became one of the first 100 Teaching Schools in England and Wales. This accolade has allowed us to continue developing our expertise in the areas of Leadership, Researchers in Schools, and the provision of the highest quality continuing professional development for teaching and support staff at all levels.</p>
<p>The school has the recognition of International Status as a result of our links with so many other educational establishments both in Europe and further afield. Three times, the school has acquired the prestigious Investor in People Award, as well as the Artsmark Gold Award, also three times. The school has also been designated a National Support School.</p>
<p>There have been regular of building projects over the years at George Abbot School including an Upper School Information Centre, a Sports Hall built in conjunction with Surrey County Cricket Club, the Wilson Building (used for teaching by the English Faculty) and the Performing Arts and Sixth Form Centre accommodation. In addition, there has been considerable investment in the school’s ICT systems and infrastructure. An Arts/Gallery Information Centre, Mac Suite, photo/dark room/studio, Sculpture Garden and a new Performing Arts block with additional Sixth Form accommodation have also been completed in recent years, and our new astro pitch was opened in 2014. </p>
<p>The school is extremely well resourced to deliver high quality teaching and learning.</p>
<p>For further information about the school please view our school website, or see our 'General Information 2015-16' document uploaded to the Eteach website.</p>
The school employs over 200 staff at any one time, with approximately 130 teachers and 85 support staff.
Professional Development Opportunities
The school has an enviable reputation with regard to the professional development available to all staff and for its performance management systems. There is a team of experienced staff dedicated to this aspect of the school’s work. As a Training School since 2001, and a Teaching School since 2011, professional development extends beyond the school and staff are involved in a number of initiatives both locally and nationally.
There is a strong tradition over the last fifteen years for creating wider opportunities for staff, at any level, to take on professional development responsibilities for one year to support the School Development Plan or Teaching School targets.
We have developed a programme to support personalised CPD. This, combined with our quality performance management processes and procedures, ensures that each individual takes into account their own objectives and opts into the appropriate sessions to meet their individual needs. Funding is made available for appropriate accredited training.
The school has invested in a Personnel Team who support NQTs/RQTs and teachers new to the school. There are also two Advanced Skills Teachers, who along with their outreach work, support the professional development of colleagues within the school.
The school, as an Accredited Provider for Initial Teacher Training provides scope for all staff to lead academic professional studies and for colleagues to involve themselves in a range of mentoring roles. These opportunities are further enhanced by our status as an International School.
A Professional Development Centre has been created, including a teaching laboratory where staff can have their teaching recorded. It also serves as a specialist venue for our considerable outreach programme.
There have been a number of building projects in recent years including a new Upper School Information Centre, a Sixth Form Common Room and Performing Arts Building, a Sports Hall built in conjunction with Surrey County Cricket Club, an Astro Pitch and the Wilson Building (used for teaching by the English Faculty). In addition, there has been considerable investment in the school’s ICT. An Arts/Gallery Information Centre, I Mac Suite, photo/dark room/studio and Sculpture Garden have been completed in recent years.
George Abbot School sees itself as an important part of the local community and is committed to promoting community cohesion both within and outside the school. We work closely with a number of partner schools locally, nationally and internationally. The school plays a lead role in the local 11-19 network of schools around Guildford.
We invite our nearest neighbours into school to meet twice a year and keep them up to date on school and local events each term.