Future of Guernsey's secondary schools debated

The Education Department wants to rebuild La Mare de Carteret secondary and primary schools, and conduct a wider review of the number and size of schools.

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Education Department welcomes La Mare decision

Guernsey's Education Board has welcomed the States' decision to conduct a review of secondary education, after which the La Mare rebuild is expected to go ahead:

The Education Board is pleased that work on the much-needed redevelopment of La Mare de Carteret Schools can now continue, following today’s States decision.

By voting for the amendment proposed by the Education Minister, seconded by the Deputy Minister and supported by the majority of members, the Department’s design team can be remobilised and the project driven forward to its existing programme.

This work includes the preparation of a full planning application, continuing with the process to appoint a contractor and also the additional work to prepare plans for the extension of the high school to cater for up to 960 pupils, should this option be supported when the States debates the future structure of secondary education next March.

The work currently remains on schedule for construction to start on site in May 2016 with the new schools opening in September 2018 with external works and the demolition of the old buildings completing mid-way through 2019.

Following today’s decision, the Department will also be progressing with its plans for meaningful public consultation on the structure of secondary education, including consideration of the future of selection, the future funding of the grant-aided Colleges and options for the possible rationalisation of the education estate. This work will also include consideration of Post-16 education.

The Board wishes to make it clear however, that no decisions on any of these issues have yet been made.

All final decisions on the future structure will be made by the States of Deliberation by March 2016 and before construction starts on La Mare de Carteret Schools.

– Education Department

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