This page provides information about the new Partner School system.
The current Year 6 cohort (in the school year 2018/19) are the first year group who will not go through the 11+ selection process in Year 6. Instead, from September 2019, the four mainstream secondary schools will be taking in all-ability year groups. This will allow all children in the future to be provided with similar opportunities at each secondary school.
The Committee for Education, Sport & Culture will operate a 'partner school' system for Year 7 secondary admissions, instead of allocation by catchment area, from September 2019. The Partner School model will operate such that in principle, children from groups of primary schools will be placed at their Primary School's Partner Secondary School Site, even if they no longer live within the catchment area of the primary school that they currently attend.
This will allow primary school year groups to be kept together during their transition to secondary education. It also enables secondary schools to work more closely with their partner primary schools, which will help to make the transition to secondary education as smooth as possible. In addition to this, it means that children are able to maintain the friendships they have formed at primary school.
Parents and children will have the opportunity to visit their secondary school during Year 6.
Partner Schools for current Year 5 and 6 students
Primary School Secondary School Site Amherst Les Varendes* Castel Les Beaucamps Forest Les Beaucamps Hautes Capelles St Sampson's La Houguette La Mare de Carteret* La Mare de Carteret La Mare de Carteret* Notre Dame Les Varendes* St Martin's Les Beaucamps St Mary and St Michael St Sampson's Vale St Sampson's Vauvert La Mare de Carteret*
*Please note that in September 2022, students at Les Varendes will move to the St Sampson's site and students at La Mare de Carteret will move to Les Beaucamps site.
Partner Schools for students currently in Year 4 and below
Primary School Secondary School Site Amherst St Sampson's Castel Les Beaucamps Forest Les Beaucamps Hautes Capelles St Sampson's La Houguette Les Beaucamps La Mare de Carteret Les Beaucamps Notre Dame St Sampson's St Martin's Les Beaucamps St Mary and St Michael St Sampson's Vale St Sampson's Vauvert Les Beaucamps
Can I make a request for my child to attend a different secondary school site?
- Parents and carers are able to apply for their child to attend a different secondary school site from the one that is partnered with their primary school, if they can demonstrate that it would be unreasonably detrimental to their child's education to attend the identified site. These are referred to as 'Parent/Carer Request for an Out of Catchment Area/Partner Site' (PC-OCAPS).
- Circumstances in which it might be appropriate to make such requests include:
- Where a child has medical, psychological or specific social needs;
- Where an elder brother or sister attends, and will continue to attend, the requested school during the next school year;
- Where a school-based employee feels it would be unsuitable for their child to attend the school in which they work.
- Please bear in mind that capacity is limited at all secondary schools and therefore it may not be possible for such requests to be approved.
- For further information, please see the Secondary Admissions Policy and the PC-OCAPS Policy Directive, which are both available from the downloads section of this page.
- These requests must be made by 5pm on Friday 11th January 2019. Please note that this deadline has been extended in order to give parents and carers more time to submit such requests.
A Frequently Asked Questions document has been produced to answer questions you may have about the future of secondary education. This can be found in the downloads section of this page.