The planned changes below are the result of detailed work undertaken by the Committee in developing its proposals for the future of Secondary and Post-16 education. In May 2021, he Policy Letter was published by the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture and political debate on the policy letter commenced in July 2021. The debate was put on hold over the summer recess and was concluded in September 2021. The Committee's proposals were endorsed by the States Assembly in September 2021. Some initial high-level information is provided below but further details of each phase will be shared with stakeholders as the programme of work develops.
The initial project planning work determined that, provided there are no continued challenges as a result of BREXIT (e.g. supply of building materials) and the global pandemic, there will be no changes in any schools until September 2023 at the earliest. This gives stability for all students and staff so we can properly support and prepare everyone for the upcoming changes.
In September 2023 it is intended that the current primary school feeder system into our secondary schools will be amended. At that point, it is proposed that there will be no further Year 7 intake at La Mare de Carteret High School. These proposals are subject to further review and consultation with Primary and Secondary School leaders to ensure that all thoughts and views are considered. When the model becomes operational, students at La Mare de Carteret will move together with their peers to the Les Varendes site in September 2024.
Main benefits of the transition plan
- Any significant change can be challenging for those going through it. The transition has been carefully planned to deliver the agreed model while respecting and minimising the changes for pupils, families and educational staff. The proposed transition is relatively short and, subject to there being no external disruptive factors, all students will be pursuing their chosen studies in the new model by September 2024 at the earliest
- No student will have to move more than once over the course of their 11-16 education, and most will not have to move at all (only three year groups are affected). Equally, no student will have to move sites between Year 7 and Year 8, which is of course only one year after they will have progressed from Primary to Secondary school and where there is a real need for stability
- And really importantly from this planned approach avoids splitting students up from their existing peers. All students moving from La Mare de Carteret High to Les Varendes will move together and at the same time
What is the plan for the transition at La Mare de Carteret?
- Subject to there being no external disruptive factors, the last intake of students at La Mare de Carteret will be in September 2022. Then, in September 2024, students that have just completed Years 8, 9 and 10 at La Mare de Carteret will all move together to join Years 9, 10 and 11 at Les Varendes. The plan ensures the 11-16 school at Les Varendes will have sufficient space because the Sixth Form students will by then have moved to the new Post 16 Campus
What is the proposed new feeder model?
- Consultation will take place with primary and secondary school leaders about the proposed transition model and feeder primary school model to ensure that it provides the best option for students. Once a final decision has been made, detailed planning will begin to ensure the best possible transition for each and every child. The views of staff will be crucial in ensuring that the best possible transition is planned and implemented
- The Committee is aware that changes to the feeder primary school model and changes during the transition period may result in some children from the same family attending different schools. There will be an option for parents to apply for their children to attend the same school if necessary