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 has now closed. Children registered after 13th December 2019 may have a lower priority for the allocation of spaces at their catchment school than those who registered within the registration period. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there will be a delay in parents receiving confirmation about which primary or secondary schools their child will attend in September. Letters would normally be sent to parents by the end of the spring term, however this will now be pushed back. A further update will be provided following the scheduled Easter break.
- 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.
- Children must be registered at their catchment school. Information about 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 email@example.com or call 733000.
- 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 the Education Office. If space is available in the child's school year group, registration will be automatically approved. If space is not available, a place will be allocated at the nearest available school.
Primary School Application Forms
- To apply for a school please fill out the appropriate application form by selecting one of the links below:
- Amherst Primary School Admissions Form [2Mb]
- Castel Primary School Admissions Form [1Mb]
- Forest Primary School Admissions Form [1Mb]
- Hautes Capelles Primary School Admissions Policy [1Mb]
- La Houguette Primary School Admisions Form [1Mb]
- La Mare de Carteret Primary School Admissions Form [1Mb]
- Notre Dame du Rosaire Admissions Form [1Mb]
- St Anne's Primary School Admissions Form [1Mb]
- St Martin's Primary School Admissions Form [1Mb]
- St Mary and St Michael Admissions Form [2Mb]
- Vale Primary School Admissions Form [1Mb]
- Vauvert Primary School Admissions Form [1Mb]
- The registration period will open on 1st October 2019.
Starting School arrangements - Reception Children
- All children joining a reception class at a States' Primary or Voluntary School in September 2020 should expect to start school on or before Tuesday 15th September 2020 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: 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 2020 to outline the school's settling in arrangements.
Getting into Secondary School
- For the academic year commencing 1st September 2020 The Education Office will operate a Partner School allocation model for admission to States' Secondary Schools. The previous catchment-based allocation model will remain in place for children in years 9-11 for that academic year. Admission to Special Schools is determined through the Formal Assessment Process. The Partner School model operates 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.
- 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: Secondary School Admissions Policy [823kb]
Secondary School Websites
- Want to find out more about the Secondary Schools? Please follow the below links to each of their individual websites:
- Grammar School and Sixth Form Centre www.grammar.sch.gg
- Guernsey College of Further Education http://www.guernseycollege.ac.gg/wp/
- La Mare De Carteret High School http://www.lamarehigh.com/
- Le Murier School http://www.lemurierschool.gg/
- Les Beaucamps High www.lbhs.gg
- Les Voies http://www.lesvoies.com/
- St Anne's School Alderney http://www.alderney.sch.gg/
- St Sampsons High School https://stsampsonshigh.gg/
- Grant-aided Colleges:
- Information on Secondary School transition arrangements can be found at www.gov.gg/partnerschools
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 the Education Office) of his/her school placement parents/carers should advise Education Office 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 Office) of his/her school placement the child may attend the school as notified on his/her formal confirmation letter (issued by Education Office) 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 Office 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.
- Unreasonable transport arrangements (Secondary school only)
- 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 10th January 2020. 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 the Education Office along with a photocopied proof of a Guernsey 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). The application will not be processed without a proof of address.
- You can either send this form by post to the Education Office, Sir Charles Frossard House, La Charroterie, St Peter Port, GY1 1FH or email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Current Year 7
- Children joining in Year 7 will be allocated the secondary school which is partnered with the primary school of their catchment area. Information about catchment areas can be found at www.gov.gg/catchmentareas
- Current Years 8 - 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 a test to confirm that their ability level is such that they are likely to be best placed at that school. If not, the local catchment school will 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, the Education Office 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 the Education Office believes that it would be detrimental to the child's education not to do so. Please refer to the Education Office's Out Of Year Group Policy
- 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.
- 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: OCAPS 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, The Education Office, Sir Charles Frossard House, La Charroterie, St. Peter Port, GY1 1FH or email us at email@example.com Forms will need to be submitted within 4 weeks of receiving the allocation notification letter. The Education Office 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.