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Applying for a school place

Contact Us - School Admissions

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This page will explain the steps you need to take to get your child into school (Primary and Secondary) and also answer some questions which you may have on things such as moving to the island, moving home, and appeals.

  • Primary School Applications

    • The registration period for children seeking to join reception in September 2020 will open on 1st October 2019 and close at 3pm on Friday 13th December 2019.  Children registered after that period have a lower priority for the allocation of spaces at their catchment school than those who registered within the registration period. It is expected that parents/carers will be informed by Education Services of their child's allocated primary school by the end of the Spring Term (10th April 2019).
    • All children who reach the age of 5 before the 1st September in any particular year are required to attend school, or to receive alternative education provision, from the beginning of the next academic term unless they are exempt under the law. Similarly, children who reach the age of four on or before 31st August may also start school from the beginning of the academic year if spaces are available at the school.
    • Parents and carers who wish to register a school-age child during the course of the school year should complete the registration form for the child's catchment school, available below, and return it to Education Services.  If space is available in the child's school year group, registration will be automatically approved. If space is not available, we will allocate a place at the nearest available school.
    • Information on catchment areas can be found at www.gov.gg/catchmentareas. If your child is a baptised Catholic you may choose to register them at one of the two Catholic primary schools (known as Voluntary Schools) - Notre Dame du Rosaire Primary or St Mary & St Michael Primary. These schools do not have defined catchment areas, but generally families living in the North of the Island will attend St. Mary & St. Michael Catholic Primary School and those living in the South will attend Notre Dame du Rosaire Catholic Primary School.The same process applies to these schools and application forms can be found in the section listed below.
    • To register a child, please fill out the appropriate form from the 'Application Form' section and return it to the relevant school accompanied by a photocopied proof of address (e.g. utility bill, driving licence), copy of your child's birth certificate, and photographic proof of your identity (eg driving licence or passport). If you have any queries or would like a paper copy please contact us at schooladmissions@gov.gg or call 733000.
  • Primary School Application Forms

  • Starting School arrangements - Reception Children

    • All children joining a reception class at a States' Primary or Voluntary School in September 2019 should expect to start school on or before Monday 16th September 2019 and will be able to attend on a full-time basis, including lunchtime, if they are ready to do so.  For more information please follow this link: pdf icon Primary School Admissions Policy [847kb]
    • The exact starting dates and arrangements will vary between individual schools, as some schools may choose to start reception children in small groups.  In due course, Headteachers of the Primary Schools will write to parents/carers of children starting Reception in September 2019 to outline the school's settling in arrangements.
  • Getting into Secondary School

    • For the academic year commencing 1st September 2018 Education Services will operate a catchment area allocation model for admission to States' Secondary Schools, with the exception of the Grammar School and Sixth Form Centre.
    • For the academic year commencing 1st September 2019 a Partner School allocation model will be applied for children starting in Year 7. The Year 7 intake in September 2019 will be all-ability, as there will be no selection process, via the 11+ or any other mechanism, for selected places at the Grammar School and Sixth Form Centre or special places at the grant-maintained colleges. The catchment-based allocation model will remain in place for children in years 8-11 for that academic year. For further information on the partner school model, please go to www.gov.gg/partnerschools.
    • For more information please follow this link: pdf icon Secondary School Admissions Policy [823kb]
  • Secondary School Websites

  • Moving Schools - Changes of Address

    • Children due to start Reception or currently registered in Year 6
    • If a child registered for Reception or currently within Year 6 changes address and subsequently moves into a different catchment area before being formally notified (by Education Services) of his/her school placement parents/carers should advise Education Services as soon as possible in order that the child's placement may be considered with the other children registered at his/her new catchment or partner school.
    • If a child registered for Reception or currently within Year 6 changes address and subsequently moves into a different catchment area after being formally notified (by Education Services) of his/her school placement the child may attend the school as notified on his/her formal confirmation letter (issued by Education Services) or request a place at the catchment/partner school for his/her new address, which will be granted if space is available.
    • All other children
    • When a child's home address changes and subsequently the catchment area to which he/she moves differs to that of his/her previous address, parents/carers have three options available to them:
    • 1. Submit a request for the child to continue attending the school at which they are currently registered or
    • 2. Submit a request for the child to transfer into their actual catchment or partner school, based on the new address or
    • 3. Submit no request, in which case Education Services will, in its absolute discretion, consider the most appropriate placement of the child
    • Moving to Secondary School
    • If the child continues attending the primary school at which they are already registered, at the end of the primary phase children will be required to transfer to the identified secondary school site that is partnered with their primary school.   
    • Requests for Transfers/Continued Attendance
    • All transfer requests or requests for continued attendance where address has changed should be addressed to the Administration and Procurement Manager in writing and should be accompanied by documentary proof of the child's new address. This is likely to be either a utility bill, signed tenancy agreement, a court document confirming proof of ownership of a property, or a Residence Order.
  • Out of Catchment Area Students (Primary only)

    • If parents wish to request a placement in a school other than their catchment school, they need to explain why it would be unreasonably detrimental for their child's education to attend the allocated catchment school. Circumstances where it might be appropriate to request a change of school are described in the following link: Out of Catchment Area Student
  • 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 Placement Criteria document, 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. 
  • Moving to Guernsey

    • Primary School
    • If you are moving to Guernsey with primary school age children you will need to fill out the following application form: Moving to Guernsey - School Admission Form
    • You will then need to submit this to Education Services along with a photocopied proof of address (e.g. utility bill, driving licence), copy of your child's birth certificate, and photographic proof of your identity (eg driving licence or passport). 
    • You can either send this form by post to Education Services, Sir Charles Frossard House, La Charroterie, St Peter Port, GY1 1FH or email it to us at schooladmissions@gov.gg
    • Current Years 7 - 9
    • Parents/carers of secondary-age children who will join no later than May half term in Year 9 may request their child to be considered for placement at the Grammar School and Sixth Form Centre. The child may be asked to sit one or more Verbal Reasoning and/or Non-Verbal Reasoning tests to confirm that his/her ability level is such that he/she is likely to be best placed at that school. If an appropriate level of score is achieved an educational professional will review the child's achievement levels and latest report supplied by the child's current/most recent school and advise whether a place can be offered.
    • End of Year 9 upwards
    • Children moving to Guernsey who will join either in Year 9 after May half term or in Years 10 or 11 will be allocated a place at the most appropriate school based on their current school's curriculum and their chosen examination subject options; this being determined by an experienced Education Officer.
    • Special Educational Needs
    • Where children have, or may have, identified special educational needs, Education Services will consider any previous assessments undertaken or statements to inform placement decisions.
    • Out of Year Group Requests
    • Children are not usually placed out of year group for their age unless Education Services believes that it would be detrimental to the child's education not to do so. Please refer to Education Services' Out Of Year Group Policy
  • Leaving Guernsey

    • If it is known that a child will be leaving school before he/she reaches the age of 16, parents/carers should advise the child's school in writing of this as soon as possible. This enables improved planning for his/her place to be reallocated to another child.
  • Appeals

    • If you have applied for:
    • a. a place at your child's catchment school and have not been offered a place or
    • b. a place at a school which is not your child's catchment school and have not been offered a place
    • You may seek permission to appeal against the decision of the Administration and Procurement Manager to allocate your child a place at a particular school by writing to the Director of Education using the Appeal Form which can be downloaded here: OCAS Appeal Form
    • Please fill out the form with as much detail as possible highlighting why it would be unreasonably detrimental to your child's education to attend the school at which he/she has been allocated a place.
    • Please return the completed form and any additional information you wish to include to the Director of Education, Education Services, Sir Charles Frossard House, La Charroterie, St. Peter Port, GY1 1FH or email us at educationsportandculture@gov.gg Forms will need to be submitted within 4 weeks of receiving the allocation notification letter. Education Services will then send you an acknowledgement letter confirming the appeal form has been received.
    • For further information on the appeals process please follow the link to the School Admission Appeals Guide.

       

 

Downloads

Primary School Admissions Policy Secondary School Admissions Policy School Admission Appeals - A Guide for Parents Policy: PC-OCAPS Placement Criteria Policy: ES-OCAPS Placement Criteria Out of Catchment Area/Partner Site (PC-OCAPS) Request Form Out of Catchment Area/Partner Site (OCAPS) - Appeal Form School Transfer Form Out of Year Group Policy Moving to Guernsey - School Admissions Form

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