Overview

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George Abbot School is a forward thinking academy providing an inclusive education, for around 2,000 young people, aged 11-18. We are located in Burpham, Guildford with good transport links to the surrounding area.

We have a highly skilled and motivated staff team and, as a school, are constantly seeking to refine our teaching practice. This means that our students benefit from an exceptional learning experience. We are part of a network of successful schools and are able to provide Initial Teacher Training and deliver the Early Career Framework programme to early career teachers across Surrey. We prioritise the provision of highest quality continuing professional development for all teaching and support staff.

We are proud of our excellent resources and have great facilities for sport, visual and performing arts, ICT, as well as a range of well equipped science labs and general classrooms. We remain ambitious and continually seek ways to improve the school environment.

We are a member of the Learning Partners Academy Trust and work closely with a number of partner schools, not only within the trust but nationally. Please click here to view our Trust Career Page.

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25 Really Good Reasons to join the Staff at George Abbot

Our School
  • George Abbot has a clear vision and shared sense of purpose. Our mission statement is “Academic excellence within a strong community of equality and respect, where potential and opportunity are realised.”
  • George Abbot is a well-resourced school with a large and proactively maintained estate.
  • Outstanding results at GCSE – 2019 saw a Progress 8 score of +0.47; Progress 8 has risen consistently over the last four years.
  • Ofsted (December 2019) states: “pupils happily attend George Abbot School. They respect their teachers and behave well in lessons. Pupils take their studying seriously and try to get the most out of their experiences at school… Pupils enjoy school.”
  • Outstanding results at Sixth Form level - the progress George Abbot students have made in A levels is significantly above average at +0.24 which places the school in the top 10% nationally. Of the grades awarded to George Abbot students, 12% were A* and the number of students receiving an was 22%. 60% of students achieved A*-B grades, with the overall pass rate at 98%.)
  • Ofsted (December 2019) states: “Most pupils go into the school’s sixth form where they have a wide choice of courses to choose from. Students achieve extremely well in the sixth form, and they play a big part in the life of the school. Students are positive role models for younger pupils. Many students mentor younger pupils in order to help them with their school work.”
  • We are part of Learning Partners Academy Trust. Together we are a forward-thinking Guildford group of schools who work together to improve learning for all of our students.
  • Our George Abbot SCITT underpins the quality and extent of high-class development for our staff at all stages of their career. We deliver the Early Career Framework for early career teachers across Surrey and are experts in providing high quality early career support.

Professional Development

  • An extensive training and CPD programme, accessing resources and expertise from across the suite of MAT schools.
  • Investment in personal growth, wellbeing and self-actualisation, including support given to access national qualifications and tertiary education or engage in research.
  • Quality, values-led, performance management for all staff.
  • External and outreach staff development opportunities, such as: attendance at courses and conferences; links with colleges; opportunities for staff secondments and support for initial teacher training
  • An excellent, supportive induction programme for all staff, which includes: induction days; mentoring and coaching for new leaders. NQTs are invited to join us at the end of June, prior to their first term of teaching.
  • Accredited, by The National Foundation for Educational Research, in recognition of our engagement with professional and in-school research, as well as our practice of evaluating evidence to enhance teaching and learning.
  • Opportunities for staff, at all levels, to assume additional responsibilities of a whole school nature; some with incentive allowances attached or time provided. As a result, many members of staff have been promoted internally.
  • An Ofsted (Outstanding) ‘School-Centred Initial Teacher Training’ (SCITT offering School Direct Primary and Secondary, Researchers in Schools and Teach Independent programmes.

Supporting Our Staff

  • Work-life balance is key to the way we lead our school; this means that consultation with staff at all levels is fundamental.
  • Union representatives meet regularly with the headteacher for topical discussions to support work-life balance and staff welfare.
  • Staff benefits at George Abbot include a level one Bupa Healthcare Plan; this offers an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) to support physical and mental health and wellbeing. Additionally, this provides reduced treatment costs in areas such as dentistry, eye care, physiotherapy and many more.
  • Staff admissions priority is given to the 'children of staff' who have been employed by the school for more than two years prior to considering applications from 'nearest school'. Please see the Admission Arrangements Policy for further information.
  • Extra-curricular opportunities for staff - sports teams, yoga, staff choir, organised fitness sessions.
  • A strong team of cover supervisors carry out all the cover for absent staff, with support from the leadership team, allowing teachers guaranteed time to use non-contacts for planning and preparation.
  • Support staff investment is high with many roles in place to reduce administration for teachers.
  • Our excellent staff facilities include – a new purpose-built staff room which is the hub of the communication centre where free teas and coffees are served morning break time; faculty and departmental staff work rooms with individual workstations; good ICT facilities for staff use; catered lunches provided for all Progress Monitoring Consultations and INSET days.
  • Other staff benefits include: enrolment with Teachers’/LGPS pension schemes; annual pay increases for teaching and support staff; supportive performance related pay and appraisal policy; favourable enhanced maternity and paternity schemes; paid lunchtime duties for all staff; recreational funded school trips (including skiing, diving and cultural); paid special leave for occasions such as family events, graduations and school plays; subsidised meals for those running lunchtime activities; subsidised counselling; considerations for flexible working; access to Surrey County Council schemes, including childcare vouchers and cycle to work.

School Ethos and Values

OUR ETHOS

It is a fundamental principle at George Abbot School that each student is of equal value. This underpins our determination to ensure vibrant and rich opportunities for every young person. Our school motto ‘non sibi sed toti’ – 'not for oneself but for all' and this sets the tone for the care, honesty and respect which are striking qualities of our school community. 

OUR VALUES

Staff, students, parents and Governors were asked to identify what they believed to be the core values that George Abbot strives to uphold and, following significant discussion, the eight identified below were agreed. These values have been displayed around the school buildings and it is hoped that this will help students gain a deeper understanding of what our values mean, and be inspired to adopt them personally in their day to day activities and relationships in school.

ASPIRATION

We aspire to be the best we can be. 

COMMUNITY

We are stronger together.

RESPECT

We understand and appreciate difference and diversity.