Education provision in Guernsey is excellent, ranging from nursery and pre-school classes through to the age of 18.
Nursery Education has to be funded privately but a selection of nurseries and pre-schools offer excellent provision to pre-school children. A list of pre-schools, day nurseries, creches and private schools can be found here
States Education Most parishes have a local States school, with the exception of St Peter Port, which has 3 (one of which is a catholic school). Many parents opt to send their children to the local schools, where up to September 2017 intake, all children at age 11 sit the 11+ examination to determine which senior school they will attend. The States are planning to deliver a non-selective system in future so children will attend one of three or four secondary schools. Further details of how this will work are due to be published before the end of 2017. However, there is no choice of school – children have to attend the school in their catchment area. For the most up to date information related to catchment areas visit www.education.gg
After GCSE’s, pupils have the option to study for A Level or other qualifications, either at the Sixth Form Centre at the Grammar School or at the College of Further Education. Students at the Ladies’ College and Elizabeth College can stay at their own school or opt to go to the College of FE or the Sixth-Form Centre.
Private Education Guernsey has three private colleges, two of which offer educational provision from pre-school through to 18 years of age.
Elizabeth College is made up of Acorn House (pre-school and infant school), Beechwood (junior school) and Elizabeth College (senior school). Acorn House takes children from the academic year during which they will celebrate their third birthday up to the end of year 2 (age 7), at which point they move up to Beechwood. Acorn House and Beechwood are co-ed up to the end of year 6 (age 11). For further information visit the website
The Ladies’ College which has some historical links with Cheltenham Ladies College offers education from pre-school through to “A” level and is a single sex establishment from pre-school upwards, although the sixth-formers enjoy a joint arrangement with Elizabeth College. For further information visit the website
Blanchelande College is a private catholic college which offers education from pre-school through to GCSE. Although historically Blanchelande has been a girls’ school, in recent years boys have been educated there. For further information visit the website
Music Tuition is available via the Schools Music Service. The service will assesse State School primary school children to test their aptitude for learning a musical instrument. Children who are given this opportunity effectively receive free musical tuition in their chosen instrument until they leave school at age 18. For further information visit the website