Although there is definitely some covert bullying, in my experience the school has always been quite good at handling serious issues. I think County is unique because of the way the house system unites people across the year groups - there’s a certain level of respect for lower years that I don’t think exists at a lot of other secondary schools. The majority of the teachers also care about each individual student massively and seem to genuinely want the best for everyone. The mental health support could be better, as, whilst there are specific teachers who are there to talk to (and they’re very useful), there isn’t a fully trained school therapist as such. There are many extra curricular opportunities though, especially in the music department, and it can be so nice to be able to take a break from work. I’ve also found that County has way more leadership roles than most schools, which can be really great for confidence.
Good academic side, but very insufficient when it comes to mental health or bullying. Lots of cases of homophobia and racism brushed off. Teachers are mostly really nice and there are lots of clubs and activities.