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REVEALED: ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rated primary schools in Guildford

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REVEALED: ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rated primary schools in Guildford

Published at 5:19pm 27th April 2017. (Updated at 11:53am 28th April 2017)

After parents across Surrey and Hampshire found out if their child got a place at their preferred primary schools earlier this month, we’ve been looking into which schools in Guildford have received an ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted.

What is Ofsted?

Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills) is a government department that inspects and regulates state schools and colleges.

It publishes a public report based on each school’s performance, rating them on a four-point scale: Outstanding (1), Good (2), Requires improvement (3) and Inadequate (4). 

What does ‘Outstanding’ mean according to Ofsted?

“An outstanding school is highly effective in delivering outcomes that provide exceptionally well for all its pupils’ needs. This ensures that pupils are very well equipped for the next stage of their education, training or employment.”

In alphabetical order, here are the schools in the Guildford area that provide primary education, listed on Ofsted’s website as having achieved an ‘Outstanding’ rating since 2010:


Name: Chilworth CofE (Aided) Infant School

Address: Dorking Road, Guildford, GU4 8NP

School type: Voluntary Aided School

Date of inspection: 23rd January 2014 

Inspector’s comment: “Adults keep a close check on how well pupils have understood what they are learning. They adapt their explanations or the tasks pupils are working on, to make sure that all pupils learn successfully.


Name: Gosden House School

Address: Horsham Road, Guildford, GU5 0AH

School type: Community Special School

Date of inspection: 11th February 2016

Inspector’s comment: “You have provided transformational leadership so that provision at the school is now once again outstanding.”


Name: Merrow CofE Controlled Infant School

Address: Kingfisher Drive, Guildford, GU4 7EA

School type: Voluntary Controlled School

Date of inspection: 3rd February 2011

Inspector’s comment: “Your understanding of healthy living is excellent and you enjoy taking part in the excellent range of opportunities to exercise and participate in sport.”


Name: Onslow Infant School

Address: Powell Close, Guildford, GU2 7DD

School type: Community School

Date of inspection: 27th Jan 2011

Inspector’s comment: “Through the school forum, you take on responsibilities, such as suggesting ideas for improving the outside area. You also take part in events locally.”


Name: Shalford Infant School

Address: Station Row, Guildford, GU4 8BY

School type: Community School

Date of inspection: 24th June 2010

Inspector’s comment: “Your headteacher and staff are keen that you do well, and have made sure that the school is very safe and they are working hard to make learning better for you”.


Name: Stoughton Infant School

Address: Stoughton Road, Guildford, GU2 9ZT

School type: Community School

Date of inspection: 1st October 2010

Inspector’s comment: “We were pleased to hear how much you enjoy coming to school and that your teachers plan such a lot of interesting things for you to do.”


Name: Walsh Memorial CofE Controlled Infant School

Address: Ash Street, Ash, GU12 6LT

School type: Voluntary Controlled School

Date of inspection: 12th December 2013

Inspector’s comment: “The vast majority of pupils make strong progress throughout their time in school.”


Name: Wonersh and Shamley Green CofE Aided Primary School

Address: Guildford Road, Guildford, GU5 0RT

School type: Voluntary Aided School

Date of inspection: 5th November 2014

Inspector’s comment: “Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is exceptional because of the rich curriculum and the attention given to developing their understanding of core values such as respect and tolerance for others.” 


Name: Wood Street Infant School

Address: Wood Street, Guildford, GU3 3DA

School type: Community School

Date of inspection: 12th March 2015

Inspector’s comment: “The school is strongly supported by parents and staff. It is at the hub of the community.”


How does a school achieve an ‘Outstanding’ rating?

The following are listed in Ofsted’s school inspection handbook as grade descriptors for the top rating:

  • The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is outstanding.
  • All other key judgements are likely to be outstanding. In exceptional circumstances one of the key judgements may be good, as long as there is convincing evidence that the school is improving this area rapidly and securely towards outstanding.
  • The school’s thoughtful and wide-ranging promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and their physical well-being enables pupils to thrive.
  • Safeguarding is effective.

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