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
What will the uniform be?
- The new uniform, which will be worn by students in both Victor Hugo and de Saumarez Colleges will be as follows:
- Dark grey blazer
- Black trousers or pleated skirt
- White shirt
- The exact colour and design of the tie and crest for the new school/colleges will be decided with support from students and staff and will include Guernsey green and gold.
- The Committee will ensure that alternative garments are available for children who cannot wear conventional uniform.
What will the School and the Colleges be called?
- The names of the new school and colleges have been chosen following a public consultation exercise along with staff and student surveys carried out in all existing States' secondary schools.
- The new 11-18 school will be called Lisia School
- Lisia is the oldest recorded name for Guernsey. It is likely to have been the name given to the Island by the Romans. Lisia was part of the Lenur Islands (now Channel Islands).
- The 11-18 college on the St Sampson's site will be called Victor Hugo College
- Victor Hugo was one of the most popular suggestions received by the Committee during the consultation exercise. As a political refugee and social and political reformer he became an 'islander' for 15 years and took to Guernsey and its people. Guernsey is rightly proud of its connection to one of the world's greatest writers.
- The college on the Les Beaucamps site will be called de Saumarez College
- de Saumarez was also frequently suggested to the Committee. The name de Saumarez can be traced back in Guernsey to the earliest surviving records. Admiral de Saumarez, a decorated hero and philanthropist, was an active campaigner for education. As well as gifting money to support a number of schools in Guernsey, he provided funds to establish three separate schools for girls on the Island in the early 1800s.
Where will the two 11 to 18 colleges be located?
- The Committee for Education, Sport & Culture has proposed that the two colleges are based at Baubigny in St Sampson's and Les Beaucamps.
- Both of these sites have several advantages:
- They are conveniently located for their partner schools;
- The existing facilities are built to modern design standards and have a long-term lifespan;
- There are good opportunities for the necessary extensions to be built;
- They can continue to operate as schools during the construction period;
- The school at Baubigny was opened in 2008 and was built at a cost of £43.5m and the school at Les Beaucamps was opened in 2012 at a cost of £37m.
- The Committee believes that these two sites are the best locations for the two 11 to 18 colleges. All of the site options have been researched and the Committee has taken an objective view based on the practicalities of each site. The two sites which the Committee wish to use present a cost-effective option. Other site options would be more expensive and/or create too much disruption for students. Using the sites which currently have the highest standard of facilities - mostly because they have been built more recently - removes the need to build a completely new school at La Mare de Carteret and to carry out extensive refurbishment of the Les Varendes site, which is nearly 35 years old and which would have required students there to move to another site during refurbishment before being moved back.
Which school will my child go to?
- From September 2019, ESC will operate a partner school system for Year 7 secondary admissions, instead of allocation by catchment area. Parents and carers are able to apply for their child to attend a different secondary school site from the one that is partnered with their primary school, if they can demonstrate that it would be unreasonably detrimental to their child's education to attend the identified site.
- Further information can be found at www.gov.gg/partnerschools.
I am concerned about pastoral care provision in the new school
- First class pastoral care and wellbeing will be a the heart of the new One School/Two Colleges model of secondary education.
- The Committee is working with its senior advisors and school leaders to develop a package of measures to ensure that the 11-18 school does everything possible to meet the individual needs of all students. They include:
- students working in small groups or 1:1 where this is felt to be the most appropriate environment;
- purpose-built bases at both Colleges to support students with social and communication difficulties;
- clear policies for a calm and safe learning environment;
- facilities at both Colleges to allow students to meet services in mental health, youth justice, etc.; and
- a 'schools within a school' model of vertical multi-year tutor groups.
School houses and tutor groups
- Students in each College will belong to one of six houses and each house will be divided into tutor groups of 14/15 students.
- Tutor groups will meet on a daily basis and tutors will monitor the wellbeing, social development and academic progress of students in their group.
- The tutor will be the link between the school and home and will act as the first point of contact for parents.
- Tutor groups will be vertically structured. This means that each group will contain students from all year groups, building on the successful model for tutoring introduced at La Mare de Carteret High School
- Vertical tutoring is associated with creating an environment of care and support and a strong sense of belonging within the tutor group.
- As each tutor has only two or three new students each year (when new Year 7 students enter secondary school), they are better able to support each student through transition to a new school and to ensure that their students' individual needs or concerns are addressed.
Class sizes and pupil teacher ratios
- the Committee has no plans to change the existing average class size. A document detailing the current policy on class sizes and pupil teacher ratios can be downloaded on this page.
Curricular and extra-curricular opportunities of the new model
- The new model of secondary education will provide students with equality of opportunity which is impossible in the current model.
- A broader range of options will be offered in each option block at Key Stage 4. This will allow a higher proportion of students to take their first choice combination of subjects than is possible currently.
- Both Colleges will offer triple science at GCSE as well as options in French, Spanish and German and a broad range of options in the Humanities, Arts, Technology and other curriculum areas.
- The highest quality facilities in the sciences and technology which are currently available only to some students will be available to every student in the two Colleges.
- A range of technical and vocational qualifications will continue to be offered by the Colleges working closely with the new Guernsey Institute.
What do you mean by enrichment/electives?
- The Committee intends to provide enrichment opportunities for all students that will be tailored to their individual needs, interests, aptitudes and aspirations.
- Students will be able to choose from a wide ranging programme which will include outdoor education, an additional language, art, music as well as volunteering within the local community.
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].
Who will run the two colleges?
- In June 2018, the Committee appointed Liz Coffey as the Executive Headteacher of the new 11-18 secondary school. Mrs Coffey was previously the Headteacher at the Grammar School and Sixth Form Centre and has over 25 years' experience of education. Mrs Coffey plays a key role in developing the two 11-18 colleges and advising the Committee on the new structure for secondary and post-16 education.
- In March 2019, Vicky Godley and Kieran James were appointed as Designate Principals to the two 11-18 Colleges. They are both well-known and well regarded as education leaders locally. Currently Vicky is Head Teacher of La Mare de Carteret High School and Kieran is Acting Head Teacher of The Grammar School & Sixth Form Centre. Vicky and Kieran will work closely with our Executive Head Teacher, Liz Coffey, to develop the new School operating across two 11-18 Colleges. Among their priorities will be further developing the curriculum offer, the new staffing structure, and pastoral support for students and provision for students with special educational needs.
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 earlier this year 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 child/ren 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.