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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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Nine-month deadline for Guernsey education review

La Mare. Credit: ITV News

Education officials have less than a year to carry out a top-to-bottom review of all of secondary education in Guernsey.

The Education Department has committed to look at the size and number of schools and the 11+ selection system by March, if it wants to keep the redevelopment of La Mare De Carteret on track.

Tendering for the rebuild will carry on while that review is carried out.

The Education Minister is confident they can meet the deadline and complete the redevelopment by 2018.

But the review raises huge questions for other schools, with the Grammar School PTA saying they are already seeing parents move their children to the fee-paying colleges specifically to avoid the uncertainty.

A major consultation will have to get underway soon, calling for parents, teachers and pupils views on a wide-range of issues affecting secondary education.

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