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Post-16 campus a “cultural game-changer”

Post-16 campus a “cultural game-changer”

Wednesday 09 March 2022

Post-16 campus a “cultural game-changer”

Wednesday 09 March 2022


A planning application has been submitted for Guernsey’s new post-16 campus at Les Ozouets, with the President of ESC calling it a “cultural game changer”.

The comprehensive and complicated application includes 15,000m2 of internal education and community space. It’s comprised of a main building, a construction and engineering building, a sports centre and various other facilities.

The President of the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture, Deputy Andrea Dudley-Owen, said: “The Committee has been very excited to see the plans for the post-16 campus come to life and is delighted to now be able to share them with the community. 

“The new campus could a be a cultural game-changer for Guernsey and Alderney. Not only will the post-16 campus provide a truly adult learning environment for our young people, but it will also offer many educational and training opportunities to the community as part of our commitment to lifelong learning. 

“Having had this vision supported by the States, we are extremely pleased with how the plans have progressed to develop the site with the right facilities to make it a reality.”

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Pictured: The campus will have shared spaces between the Guernsey Institute and new sixth form centre.

ESC has now submitted the planning application and said it includes “significant consideration” for the physical surroundings.

“A key ethos in the design process has been to deliver a site that is as environmentally neutral as possible, with lots of emphasis on preserving and enhancing green and open spaces,” said the Committee.

The application includes a traffic impact assessment (TIA) which concluded that any increased traffic flow could be mitigated with alterations to the nearby roads. 

“What we have is a comprehensive development plan,” said Director of Education, Nick Hynes.

He said if it’s approved: “it’ll not only make excellent use of the site but will help us to deliver quality education to all our post-16 learners.”

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Pictured: The sixth form centre will cover three floors of specialist educational facilities.

The application comes three weeks after ESC announced a delay to the implementation of the island’s new model of secondary education.

The new campus at Les Ozouets was originally set to be fully operational by 2024, however “external challenges” – including expected construction difficulties - forced a revised timeline to 2025.

It means La Mare de Carteret will remain open for another year at an additional cost of £1.6 million.

However, Mr Hynes has welcomed this latest update on the planning application: “It has been an incredible team effort to get to this point and I want to thank everyone involved. 

“I have been very assured by the thoroughness and quality of the design process.”

The planning application will be publicly available on 10 March.

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