Guernsey's Elizabeth College announces expansion plans

Elizabeth College in Guernsey has announced plans to expand.

The school has bought neighbouring building Canada Court from Royal Bank of Canada, describing the purchase as the 'chance of a lifetime'.

There are currently more than 500 students at the school, but the main building at the site was only designed to accommodate 150 students when it was built 200 years ago.

The money to buy the building was raised through a fundraising appeal which has been running since early 2019, bringing in £2.2 million in donations from former students, parents and staff.

The expansion has also been partly funded through a legacy donation left by former States member Roger Perrot, after whom the building will be named.

The funds raised means that the College can also set up a means-tested Foundation Bursary Scheme to encourage diversity within its intake of students.

In January 2019, it was confirmed that girls will be able to enrol at the school for the first time in 2021.

Principal Jenny Palmer says there is much to look forward to in the coming years.

These developments will ensure we have the best possible facilities for a wide-ranging 21st Century education and that our superb educational offering; academic success, outstanding extra-curricular activities and excellent pastoral care, will be available to as broad a spectrum of students as possible.

Jenny Palmer, Elizabeth College Principal