Guernsey offers an excellent standard of both free and private schools for all compulsory school-aged children, and for those seeking post-16 education.

If you are moving to Guernsey and have a child or children who are of compulsory school age, 5 to 16, there are two options available for on-island education: Private education or States-maintained education.

Private Colleges

There are three private colleges in Guernsey which receive a small amount of grant-aid from the government for their secondary phase.

Elizabeth College is a selective day school providing education from the age of 2 to 18. Between the ages of 11 and 16, the Upper School is boys only.

The Ladies’ College is a day school providing education for girls aged from 2½ to 18 years.

Blanchelande College provides an independent education for boys and girls aged from 4 to 16.

Pre-School Education

The States of Guernsey funds 15 hours of free pre-school education for all children aged 3 to 4 years in the year before they start school. This is delivered by a range of private pre-school providers.

States-Maintained Education

Primary Education

Managed by the island’s Education Services, free primary education is offered to children within defined catchment areas.

Secondary Education

Secondary education is going through a period of transformation. In the future secondary education will be provided in one 11-18 school operating from two colleges/campuses. Children transfer from their primary school at the end of Year 6 (age 11) to a named partner secondary school.

Post 16 & Lifelong Learning

There are plenty of opportunities for continued learning. The College of Further Education and Sixth Form Centre currently offer a range of qualifications, including A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTECs in a variety of subjects. A number of apprenticeships and adult community learning courses are also available along with professional development and further training courses and qualifications.

As part of the ongoing transformation, in the future academic sixth form studies will be offered at two 11-18 colleges/campuses.

Special education

Special educational provision is the extra or different help given in school to children with special educational needs.

Special educational provision takes many forms. For most children with learning difficulties and special educational needs this will be in their mainstream class or group. It can include group work or individual support that takes place inside or outside the mainstream classroom. It could also be attendance in a specialist class or base or in a special school. Guernsey maintains three special schools.

University & higher education

Some degree-level programmes are available on-island. The States of Guernsey operates a means-tested grant system to help with the cost of studying Higher Education courses off-island.

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