The Education System in Guernsey is currently going through an exciting period of transformation. This is the largest, boldest and most dynamic change the public education system has seen in recent years but is focused on promoting opportunity and excellence for every student now and in the future - whether in terms of academic standards, pastoral support or sporting, social and cultural enrichment through school.
In January 2018, the States of Guernsey agreed substantial reforms of secondary and post-16 education. This will see the four existing secondary schools replaced by two 11 to 18 colleges, forming one organisation - one school. The following bullet points summarise the future structure:
- The four existing secondary schools (three 11 to 16 schools and one 11 to 18 school) will close and they will be replaced by two 11 to 18 colleges, both of which will have sixth forms, and the two colleges will be part of one organisation (one school);
- Full-time and part-time technical, professional and vocational studies, including apprenticeships, will be delivered in a single organisation with the objective of integrating the College of Further Education, the Institute of Health and Social Care Studies and the GTA University Centre as soon as practicable, ultimately with the aim of partnering with a UK university to create University College Guernsey;
- St Anne's School will continue to provide secondary education in Alderney; and
- Le Murier School and Les Voies School will continue to provide for students with special educational needs.
At present our secondary schools vary greatly in size. In contrast, the two 11 to 18 colleges will be of a very similar size with a similar number of students in each college. The number of students in each college will be in line with the average size of the highest-attaining comprehensive schools nationally, almost all of which also have sixth forms. 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. More information on the plans for the 11-18 school can be found at www.gov.gg/secondaryschool
The post-16 phase will provide a single sixth form operating across the two colleges, allowing for a broad range of subject choices. Technical, professional and vocational studies will be part of a single, integrated organisation called The Guernsey Institute. More information on the plans for further and higher education can be found at www.gov.gg/fhtransformation
This summer, the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture will submit a policy letter for debate by the States. the policy letter will propose the capital investment necessary for the development of four education sites. These are as follows:
- The two 11-18 Colleges at Baubigny and Les Beaucamps, which will operate as one Secondary School;
- The Guernsey Institute at Les Ozouets, which will integrate the States' providers for further and higher education; and
- La Mare de Carteret Primary School, which needs to be rebuilt.
As part of the proposals agreed by the States in January 2018 the States directed that the current outdated Education Law should be repealed and replaced. The Committee has started work to develop a new Education Law. In the coming months the Committee will be consulting with particular interest groups, including in relation to the future of special educational needs, and will then consult more widely across the community in the autumn. The Committee will submit a policy letter on the new Law to the States for debate and, if the proposals in that policy letter are accepted, the Committee will then present the new Law itself in a Projet de Loi.