The compulsory age of school attendance in Guernsey is from 5 to 16 years, with a number of opportunities available to pupils if they wish to continue their studies post 16.

Guernsey’s education system is very similar to the UK. Most pupils will be admitted to primary education at the beginning of the school year in which they reach the age of five; and will be allocated a place in the school that serves the Guernsey Catchment Areas where they live. During the last year of primary school a selection process for secondary education will take place, awarding the pupil with either a space at their nearest high school, the Island’s Grammar School or at one of the three grant-aided colleges.

Guernsey offers an excellent education system with free schooling for all students up to the age of 18. There are also three grant-aided private colleges on the Island.

Guernsey’s Education Services, responsible for all education in Guernsey, have produced a comprehensive guide for moving to Guernsey with Children. The guide provides information on both private and public education and aims to make the process of finding the right school as easy as possible. This guide can be accessed by clicking here. More information that may be of use is the school term dates in Guernsey.

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Pre-Schools

All three to four year olds are entitled to free preschool provision for up to 15 hours per week, 38 weeks a year (term time only). For a list of Guernsey’s pre-schools, day nurseries and crèches, visit this page.

Post 16 & Lifelong Learning

Currently 87% of 16 year olds make the decision to stay in Education or training post 16. There are plenty of opportunities for continued learning, such as apprenticeship schemes, offering training in a trade through a mixture of work and classroom based training. The College of Further Education and Sixth Form Centres on the Island also offer continued learning in a variety of different subjects. To find out more about Post 16 and Lifelong Learning, please click here.

University & Higher Education

Although Guernsey does not have its own university there are still plenty of opportunities for further education such as Open University and higher education courses. Information on University education, including how to apply, funding and bursaries is also available. For information on University and Higher Education, please click here.

Special Education

Education Services recognise that all children and young people are of equal value and have the same basic emotional, social and education needs. The aim of the Services is to provide an education system where every child feels healthy and nurtured, safe, achieving and active, respected and responsible and included. For advice and guidance on special needs education, please visit the Education Services website by clicking here.

Curriculum

Guernsey follows the same curriculum as the UK. Children go through three key stages at primary school level; Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

Once children move on to secondary school, Key Stage 3 covers Years 7 to 9 and Key Stage 4 applies to years 10 and 11. In addition, pupils sit GCSEs and A-Levels at 16 and 18 years of age respectively.

In addition to the full range of A-Levels, Guernsey Grammar School and Sixth Form Centre also offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, which is recognised around the world.

All schools are subjected to regular inspections that focus on the impact of schools in improving the educational experiences and lives of pupils through learning and achievement.

Guernsey’s pass grade average frequently exceeds that of the UK.

For more information on Guernsey’s education system, visit www.gov.gg/movingtoguernsey.

State Schools

Guernsey has 12 state primary schools, including two Catholic schools. These are split evenly across the island’s 10 parishes with the exception of St Peter Port, which has three.

The States is in the process of delivering non-selective secondary school allocation, so children will attend one of the island’s secondary schools, based on their catchment area.

Guernsey also has three special schools for pupils requiring more specialist provision – two primary school facilities and one within the state’s secondary school system. To be considered for admission to Le Rondin or Le Murier schools, pupils need to undergo a Formal Assessment, which identifies their prime area of need.

Private Schools

Guernsey has three independent colleges, two of which accept preschool-aged children.

Elizabeth College comprises Acorn House Preschool and Infant School, Beechwood Junior School and Elizabeth College Senior School. Acorn House accepts children from three years of age and, alongside Beechwood, is co-ed up to the age of 11 years. Visit the website for more information www.elizabethcollege.gg.

The Ladies’ College has historical links with Cheltenham Ladies College and accepts girls from preschool through to 18 years. When pupils reach sixth form, the College fosters a joint arrangement with Elizabeth College. For further information visit www.ladiescollege.com.

Blanchelande College is an independent Catholic college, providing education from preschool through to GCSE level. The school has recently become co-ed, having formerly been a girls’ school. For more information visit www.blanchelande.co.uk.

Extra-curricular Activities

Guernsey’s schools boast excellent sports facilities, encouraging participation for all and mirroring the island’s healthy lifestyle.

There are lots of opportunities for children to participate in sports, both on and off the water, at a competitive and recreational level. Many after-school clubs also offer various music, dance, drama and youth groups.

Guernsey’s reputation as a safe, family-friendly community encourages children to embrace healthy activity at grass-roots level.

Contact Locate Guernsey for more information, we’ll help you find what you’re looking for and, if it’s useful, make introductions to key people at the schools or Education Committee to help you get the answers you need.

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