In January 2018, the States directed the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture (ESC) to close the four existing secondary schools and create two 11-18 colleges, which will both host sixth forms. These two colleges will be part of one school.
The Policy Letter to secure the funding necessary to deliver the new model of education, which was agreed by the States last year - was published on 5 July 2019. The Policy Letter can be found here.
Information regarding the 11-18 school and college names and the uniform arrangements can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions section further down this page.
Peter Marsh Consulting Limited was commissioned to provide a report on the 11-18 space planning requirements - this can be downloaded from this page. (Please note: due to size restrictions it has been separated into three sections.)
In the new model all students will have the widest possible range of curricular and extra-curricular opportunities and teachers in Guernsey will be able to work across all key stages in secondary education, which will maximise the chances of developing, recruiting and retaining great teachers. Understandably students, teachers and parents will have questions regarding the 11-18 model. Detailed below are answers to the most frequently asked questions. These will be updated as the transformation programme progresses.
Frequently Asked Questions
A full list of Education Transformation Frequently Asked Questions can be found here
How will the colleges support students with different needs, interests, aptitudes and aspirations?
- As well as providing equality of opportunity to students in terms of subject choices and facilities, the proposed 11-18 model will give students access to a wide range of enrichment opportunities such as additional academic study, sport or arts activities, outdoor education and community service.
- The Committee forEducation, Sport & Culture has developed a set of four characters (Maria, Ben, Chloe and Daniel) with different educational needs to illustrate how students with different needs, interests, aptitudes and aspirations will thrive in the new model.
- The four characters and their journeys through the new model of education are detailed in this document: Sample students - primary to key stage 5 [771kb].
How will we move from the current schools to the two 11 to 18 colleges?
- The two 11 to 18 colleges, operating as one school, will largely be in place by September 2022 and will be fully operational by September 2023 with facilities that meet the highest educational standards. From September 2021 all students entering Year 7 (current Year 4 and below) will do so at the St Sampson's or Les Beaucamps sites and will not need to move during their remaining years in compulsory education. The tables below set out where students who are currently in primary or secondary schools will be educated throughout their years in secondary school.
- The transition plan was developed following consultation with educationalists. It means that even during the transition period very nearly 90% of students will complete their compulsory education on the same site which they joined for Year 7. There will be no more than one additional move for any student. No student will move between Years 7 and 8, having of course moved to start secondary school between Years 6 and 7. In addition, a much larger percentage of students will be able to remain on their site for post-16 studies compared to around 20% at present and 0% under the "three school model" considered by the States previously. The transitional period to establish the new "two college model" will last no longer than the transitional periods would have lasted in other models previously proposed and rejected by the present States.
- When the Committee was elected it inherited a commitment made to parents of students in the selective year groups at the Grammar School that throughout Years 7 to 11 they would continue to receive a Grammar School education. This transition model maintains this commitment: it provides for those students to remain in 'selective' year groups at their current site. This means that for the academic year 2022/23 the school at Les Varendes will accommodate students in Years 11 and 13.
- However, the Committee is conscious that some of those parents may prefer their children to complete their education in one of the two new 11 to 18 colleges, which the transition model allows for if it is their wish, and therefore in the years ahead the Committee will maintain dialogue with those parents to establish their wishes well in advance.