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Three-school model submitted

Three-school model submitted

Thursday 20 February 2020

Three-school model submitted


Two members of the previous Education Committee are proposing a model with three 11-16 schools, a single sixth form centre and the retention of the Guernsey Institute.

The 11-16 proposals resemble those put forward by the Education, Sport & Culture Committee that Deputy Paul Le Pelley was President of and Deputy David De Lisle was a member of earlier this term.

However the post-16 model that committee suggested back in 2017 - which was branded "dysfunctional" and "inoperable" by professionals - has been scrapped and replaced with a model in which academic study and further education are kept separate. 

The amendment's explanatory note says: "The proposals are for a three school model encompassing three 11 to 16 secondary schools at La Mare, Les Beaucamps and St Sampson’s and a sixth form centre at Les Varendes (the Grammar school site); the Guernsey Institute - incorporating the College of Further Education, the Institute of Health and Social Care Studies and the GTA - at Les Ozouets operating as one organisation providing vocational, professional and technical education or full-time and part-time students including apprentices; St Anne’s School in Alderney; and Le Murier School and Les Voies School operating as Special Schools for students with special needs."

grammar sixth form centre

Pictured: Deputies De Lisle and Le Pelley want to use the Grammar School and Sixth Form Centre building as a dedicated Sixth Form Centre. 

The Guernsey Institute is an idea conceived by the current ESC Committee which will see the island's further and higher education establishments brought under one banner. While ESC's one school plans are subject to a requete and several amendments, the Institute plans have been widely praised and are highly likely to feature in any new model. 

The pair want Education, Sport & Culture to return to the States before the end of September this year with full costings, although they estimate the capital costs of their transformation - which would include the rebuild of La Mare de Carteret High - at £125 million.

"The costings for the three-school model set out [in the previous committee's policy letter] amounted to £114 million. Allowing for a 10% uplift on the costs set out in those propositions would suggest an indicative current cost for a three-school model of approximately £125.4 million."

Pictured: Deputies David De Lisle and Paul Le Pelley over the island's four mainstream secondary schools. 

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