school aims & values
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The school employs over 200 staff at any one time, with approximately 120 teachers and 80 support staff.
Academically the school is divided into ten faculty areas, each with a Head of Faculty holding the key responsibility for supporting their Heads of Department and Subject Leaders, as well as monitoring and evaluating teaching and learning in their areas. The school has embraced the Workforce Reform Agenda with the appointment of fourteen HLTAs, working to support SEN, Behaviour Management, Pastoral Management, key subject areas in addition to two HLTAs who support the Visual Impairment Unit.
Pastorally the school employs a horizontal year group system with each year team being led by two pastoral managers.
George Abbot School has over 1900 students, 400 of whom are in the Sixth Form, and is one of Surrey’s premier schools. The school is consistently oversubscribed and has a high number of extremely able students. There are over 300 students in each year group.
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 specialist school it works closely with a number of partner schools locally, nationally and internationally. The school plays a lead role in the local 14-19 network of schools around Guildford and is a lead school for the delivery of the Diploma qualification in Creative and Media Studies. It also plays a lead role in the East Guildford Confederation of Schools which consists of one other secondary school and eight junior schools.
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 experience staff dedicated to this aspect of the school’s work. As a Training School since 2001, 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, Specialist School Status or Training School targets. The most recent of these is the introduction of Associate Assistant Headteacher posts attached to each of the teams within the Leadership Team.
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 member of staff who works within the Excellent Teacher framework to support primarily NQTs and teachers new to the school. There are also three 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.
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