Guilsborough School is an 11 – 18 co-educational comprehensive serving an extensive rural catchment area in the north and west of Northamptonshire. Within this area are 22 villages and hamlets from which students attend our 11 feeder primary schools. Students largely travel to and from school by bus transport.
The school comprises a pleasant 28 acre site with buildings dating from the late 1950s and 1970s. More recently there have been new music and foreign language areas created and remodelling work has enabled the provision of new ICT suites and associated areas in the Library and Design blocks. A £1 million building programme was completed in the summer of 2004 which has created a new Sixth Form Centre and two additional science laboratories. The roll currently stands at over 1390 (inclusive of 250 in the 6th form). Technology College Status has continued since 1998 and the Investors in People Award was renewed in 2003 The school is popular and over-subscribed.
The school’s popularity and reputation is based upon an ethos that places the student at the heart of learning. Good relationships exist between staff and students, contributing to the positive and friendly atmosphere in the school. We have very high expectations of students and staff. The school development plan focuses on raising achievement and we work constantly to improve teaching and learning styles and target-setting procedures.
Our students perform very well in GCSE, A Level and AVCE examinations. Guilsborough has consistently figured as one of the top local authority schools in Northamptonshire in the School Performance Tables. The recent Ofsted report states that ‘Guilsborough School is a good school with some very good features’; ‘Sixth Form provision is very good’ and ‘The school pays very good attention to the induction and professional development of its staff and is highly committed to inclusion’.
The school population at Guilsborough is typically comprehensive. Our students represent the full spectrum in terms of ability and socio-economic background. Significant numbers go on to higher education. The school is also noted for its wide range of extra curricular activities and high standards are achieved in music, drama and sport.
Several staff live in local villages, although the majority commute from neighbouring towns, particularly Northampton, Rugby, Leicester, Daventry, Market Harborough and Kettering. Environmentally, the school is fortunate to be located in an extremely pleasant part of the countryside. The towns offer a good range of housing and facilities. The central location and good access to motorway and rail routes are a further attraction. Market Harborough, Long Buckby, Rugby and Northampton have rapid rail services to London.
Applicants are very welcome to visit the school.