If you are moving to Guernsey (Channel Islands)and have a child or children who are of compulsory school age (5 to 16) and wish to register them into Guernsey's education system, there are initially two options for you to consider: - States Maintained Education or Private/Grant-aided Education. Please read on for more information on both the options.
States Maintained Education System
If you wish for them to register your child or children into a States' Maintained School, you should read through the information below before completing and submitting a 'Moving to Guernsey - Admission Form'.
Admission Applications - Important Information
Applications for admission into a States of Guernsey School, as well as the voluntary Catholic Schools, are managed centrally by the Administration Section within the States of Guernsey, Education Services.
Placements are usually offered and confirmed up to two months (during term time) in advance of a child's intended start date i.e. a September start, would be confirmed in June.
Applying in School Holidays
The processing of admission applications can be delayed if received late in the term or during school holidays, as communication with school based staff is very limited.
All applications must be submitted for processing along with all required documentation, as stated on the admission form. It is also helpful to have a copy of a student's most recent school report, with details of their current/previous curriculum and examination boards.
So that we can place a child in a school which best meets their needs, it is important we are made aware of any special educational needs as well as the child's ability to speak, write and understand English.
For us to help meet a child's needs, as best we can, we ask that all relevant information and documentation be disclosed and submitted with the admission application. i.e. a Statement of special education needs; and/or a covering letter
Primary Education - Reception to Year 6
- All children who reach the age of 5 before 1st September in a particular year are required, by law, to attend school for the next academic year onwards. We have also agreed that children who reach the age of 4 on or before 31st August may also start school from the beginning of the academic year in September.
- Primary Schools in Guernsey accept children from a specific area of the Island known as the school's catchment area. Your child will normally attend the school in the catchment area where you live. The catchment area where you live can only be determined once proof of address, in the form of a copy of a Guernsey utility bill (dated within the last 3 months) or a signed copy of a lease/purchase agreement, has been received.
- If you are applying for a place at one of Guernsey's voluntary Catholic Primary Schools, either at Notre Dame du Rosaire or St. Mary & St. Michael, you will need to produce a copy of your child's baptismal certificate.
Secondary Education - Year 7 to Year 11
Grammar School and Sixth Form Centre - Year 7
- The Grammar School and Sixth Form Centre no longer offers a selective education in Year 7.
High School - Year 7 to 9
- Children will be offered a place at the secondary school partnered with their catchment primary school. For further information please visit Partner Schools page.
Grammar School and Sixth Form Centre - Year 8 to 9
- If you wish for your child or children in Year 8 to 9 to be registered into Guernsey's Grammar School and Sixth Form Centre, a copy of their most recent school report and details of their current curriculum and examination boards will be required.
- The report will be passed on to the Headteacher of Guernsey's Grammar School to determine whether the Grammar School and Sixth Form Centre is best placed to accommodate your child or children's educational needs.
- If the Headteacher is unable to determine whether the Grammar School is best placed, they may require your child or children to sit a test.
High School - Year 10 to 11
- Your child or children may be offered a place at a High School which is not in the catchment area where you live if it is thought to be in their best interests and/or to accommodate their specific educational needs (e.g. GSCE subjects and curriculum).
- In order to determine which High School is best placed, a copy of their most recent school report will be required.
Grammar School and Sixth Form Centre - Year 10 to 11
- Your child or children may be offered a place at Guernsey's Grammar School and Sixth Form Centre if it is thought to be in their best interests and/or to accommodate their specific educational needs (e.g. GSCE subjects and curriculum).
- In order to determine whether the Grammar School is best placed, a copy of their most recent school report and details of their current curriculum and examination boards will be required.
- If you wish for your child or children be registered at one of the Island's Private/Grant-aided Schools, you will need to contact them directly. Contact details for each school can be found on their website, using the links provided below:
- Blanchelande (boys and girls aged 3 to 16)
- Website: www.blanchelande.co.uk
- Elizabeth College (boys - aged 2 and half to 18; and girls aged 2 and a half to 11)
- Website: www.elizabethcollege.gg
- Ladies' College (girls - aged 2 to 18)
- Website: www.ladiescollege.com
- Monkey Puzzle (boys and girls - aged 3 to 7)
- Website: www.monkeypuzzlegsy.co.uk
Post 16 and/or Further Education
- If you are not currently resident on the Island and are making an application to access Post 16 Education, where possible, please enclose evidence with your application form that you can live lawfully on the Island. Please contact us on +44 (0)1481 733000 and ask to speak to an Educational Development Officer if you require further help.