Monday 01 October 2018
Parents and carers in Guernsey and Alderney are now able to register their children for a place in their catchment Primary School to start in September 2019.
Children due to start school must be registered between 9am Monday 1st October to 3pm Friday 14th December. Children registered after this period will have a lower priority for the allocation of available spaces at their catchment school than those who registered within the registration period.
All children who reach the age of 5 before the 1st September in any particular year are required to attend school, or to receive alternative education provision, from the beginning of the next academic term unless they are exempt under the law. Similarly, children who reach the age of four on or before 31st August may also start school from the beginning of the academic year if spaces are available at the school.
Children who are baptised Catholic may be registered at one of the two voluntary Catholic Primary schools, Notre Dame du Rosaire or St Mary & St Michael.
Application forms for each primary school (including the voluntary schools) are available from www.gov.gg/schooladmissions as well as the school themselves. If you are unsure of your catchment area, please go to www.gov.gg/catchmentareas where you will be able to type in your postcode and find out which catchment area you live in.
The completed application forms for children seeking places in Reception should be returned to the relevant catchment or voluntary school. For those registering for Year 1, completed applications forms should be sent directly to the Education Office at Sir Charles Frossard House. In addition to the application forms, the following items also need to be provided:
- A photocopied proof of address (e.g. utility bill or driving licence)
- Copy of the child's birth certificate
- Photographic proof of the parent of carer's identity (e.g. driving licence or passport)
Parents and carers are able to make an application for their child to attend a school that is not their catchment school. They must still apply to their catchment school in addition to sending a PC-OCAS request form to the Education Office. Further information on how to make an Out of Catchment request is available at www.gov.gg/schooladmissions.
Andrew Warren, Director of Education, said:
'It is really important that children are registered for a school place by Friday 14 December as the year group sizes can influence the resources allocated to each primary school. Children registered after this period are less likely to gain a place at their catchment school. Once the school numbers have been finalised, we hope to confirm all places in writing by Wednesday 10th April 2019.'
Anyone with any questions about registering their child can contact school admissions on 733000 during office hours (8.30am to 5pm) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.