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Les Varendes High School to officially open its doors

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Monday 04 September 2023

With the start of the 2023/2024 academic year this week, Les Varendes High School will officially open, meaning all States 11-16 schools now deliver a non-selective system of education.

Staff have been preparing for the change during the summer, and last week new signage was put in place across the site.

In September 2025, Les Varendes High School will see the former Guernsey Grammar School and La Mare de Carteret High School complete their integration, however the schools have already started to work closely together.

During the previous academic year, development of the school's new branding was led by students from both The Grammar School and La Mare de Carteret High School as part of the New School Design Team. The new branding has been incorporated into the new signage inside and outside the school and updates have been made to the school's website.

Students in the New School Design Team have worked with staff to develop Les Varendes High School's new uniform, which will be brought in next school year (September 2024). Parents received information about this before the end of the last academic year, and more information will be issued as the year progresses.

Kieran James, the Principal of Les Varendes High School and the Sixth Form Centre, said:

"With the start of the new term, Les Varendes High School will officially be opening, replacing the Guernsey Grammar School. The name was chosen following a survey of all at the Grammar School and La Mare de Carteret at the start of this year, and since then, a group of 20 students have worked alongside us to develop that name into everything we need for it to be a new school. We are part of the way through a phased transition, which will conclude in two years when the students at La Mare de Carteret move across to Les Varendes in September 2025, and there is still lots of work to do before that, however I am looking forward to welcoming all our students back into a new school for another year of learning."

Verona Tomlin, the current Principal of La Mare de Carteret High School, and the designate Principal for Les Varendes High School - she will move across when Mr James takes on the role of principal of the separate Sixth Form Centre - said:

"It has been a really exciting process working with the students to create an identity for the new school, and seeing new signage go up at Les Varendes is a clear reminder of how far we have come. I can confidently say that we will be keeping the legacies of both the Grammar School and La Mare High at the forefront of our minds as we continue to develop the new school. While I am looking forward to taking up my new role in the future, as secondary principals we are all working closely together as part of the Secondary School Partnership to align the curriculums of our schools and make sure we all continue to strive for improvement."

The development and opening of Les Varendes High School is just one part of the Transforming Education Programme that continues to move at pace.

New staffing structures continue to be implemented, as all secondary staff are now well into the HR process which job matches their existing roles to roles in the new structures. Phase C of a timeline with Phases A to F, is now underway.  

The Guernsey Institute also continues to develop, with its three organisations moving closer to full integration.

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