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Guernsey government buys church for school extension

Les Beaucamps High School will be extended into the grounds of Delisles Methodist Church as part of the government's two-school model. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Guernsey's government has bought a church as part of its plans for a two-school model on the island.

Les Beaucamps High School will be extended into the land around Delisles Methodist Church to form part of the new Saumarez College and Lisia School.

The £1 million spent on the land was included in the £69 million approved by the States in September when the two-school model was given the green light.

Deputy Matt Fallaize says this is an important milestone for the policy.

The purchase of this additional land is an important step forward. We identified the need for it when we selected Les Beaucamps as a site for one of the new 11-18 colleges. The additional space will improve the experience of students and staff at the new de Saumarez College.

My Committee is very grateful to States’ Property Services and Delisles Methodist Church for working together over the past few months to negotiate a deal which was satisfactory to both parties and which will help us deliver first class facilities at the new de Saumarez College.

– Deputy Matt Fallaize, President of the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture

School leaders and the government's Committee for Education, Sport and Culture will discuss potential uses for the church and the church hall. These may include:

  • 'Co-located education', integrating health and care services into the school site. This would include clinical rooms for school nurses, mental health support staff, social workers and other health professionals.
  • A new arts venue, to host exhibitions and working spaces for local artists and students studying art.
  • A new fitness suite to improve sport and physical activity spaces on-site for students, particularly those studying PE.

The Committee fully expects to find a use for the space, but has not ruled out selling the land to help offset the costs of building on the site.

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