Plans to overhaul secondary education in Guernsey

Guernsey's 11 plus selective process for pupils entering secondary school is to be scrapped.

Politicians have also voted to close a secondary school.

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States give final nod to controversial education reform plans

Guernsey’s States have given the final nod to landmark reforms of the island’s secondary education system.

Final proposals to scrap the 11+ exam were agreed by a narrow margin, 26 votes to 20.

The assembly also agreed to move to a three school system, meaning one of Guernsey’s high schools will be closed.

Some States Members have argued that closing La Mare makes the most economic sense Credit: ITV Channel TV


Guernsey’s States decide not to delay education reform

An attempt to delay changes to Guernsey’s secondary school education system has failed.

Last week States Members agreed to scrap the 11+ exam and reduce the number of secondary schools from four to three.

Deputy Mary Lowe called for the assembly to agree to delay those reforms to allow for more public consultation on the changes.

But the Deputy failed to get support from fellow politicians and her proposition has been thrown out.

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School closure and exam change plans could be axed

A decision to scrap Guernsey's 11-plus selective education system and close a secondary school could be overturned today.

The States last week voted for the radical exam change, and to reduce the number of high schools from the current four to three.

But today, Deputy Mary Lowe, backed by Deputy Al Brouard, will push for the States to put everything they've decided on hold, pending a fresh review - most likely after next month's General Election.

Last Friday's secondary school vote was passed 26 votes to 19, meaning Deputy Mary Lowe may only need to change a few politicians' minds to win the day.

Supporters of a three-school model say it will save the States millions of pounds and is the right number for the island. Opponents argue making such radical changes at short notice are not fair on students and pupils and need more thought.

Future of Education in Guernsey to be decided

The future of Guernsey's education system is set to be decided by politicians today.

The States have already voted in principle to scrap the 11+ exam system and to lose one school site, by opting for a three school system.

The Treasury Minister, Deputy Gavin St Pier, is campaigning for La Mare De Carteret to close, but the Education Department want to see £60m invested to refurbish the building.

A debate today will decide whether or not the plans will go ahead.

Teachers union hits out at plans to close secondary school

The largest teachers' union in Guernsey has said closing a secondary school will throw pupils, parents and staff in "a turmoil of uncertainty".

The NASUWT called the States' move to a three school model "late in the day proposals" which have "no educational rationale."

Deputies decided on Friday to close one island secondary school, with the Treasury Minister targeting La Mare De Carteret High School to be the one that shuts.

There are also doubts over the future of the grammar school.

The over-riding test for any reorganisation should be whether it will enhance provision and raise standards.

All this decision will do is throw parents, pupils and staff into the turmoil of uncertainty about what the future will hold.

– Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT


Education Minister wants options for three-school-system

Guernsey's Education Minister wants the States to consider all options surrounding a three-school-system in the island.

It follows a decision by deputies on Friday to close one island secondary school.

Since the vote nearly 3000 islanders have signed petitions to save either the Grammar School or La Mare de Carteret High School from closure.

Deputy Robert Sillars will put his proposal to the States on Tuesday.

He says he's disappointed by the vote last week, but knows he must now work to a three school model.

Thousands sign petitions to save island schools

Nearly 2000 islanders have signed petitions to save island schools from closure.

It follows a vote yesterday by Guernsey's States to move to a system of three high schools, with Treasury Minister, Gavin St Pier placing La Mare firmly in the firing line.

The petition to save La Mare De Carteret High School has received more than 1200 signatures in less than 24 hours

While a petition set up today to save the Grammar school has gained more than 500 supporters.

More than a thousand people sign petition to save island school

A petition to save La Mare De Carteret School has gained more than 1,000 supporters in less than 12 hours.

It comes after Guernsey's States voted to move to a system of three high schools, with Treasury Minister Gavin St Pier, placing La Mare firmly in the firing line by admitting it would be his preferred option for closure.

13-year-old, Rhiannon Lambert, started the petition as soon as she heard the news about a three school high school system.

I was just horrified and disappointed because of the amazing report we got when we got 5 very goods and one good I thought how could they close a school after something so brilliant happened?

I thought, this can’t happen, someone has to do something about this.

– Rhiannon Lambert

Politicians vote to close a secondary school in Guernsey

Guernsey's politicians have agreed to close a secondary school.

States Members voted against keeping all four schools open.

Treasury Minister, Deputy Gavin St Pier's amendment to move to a 3 school system was accepted in principle 26-19.

Although the decision doesn't explicitly say which school will be shut, the Treasury Minister has targetted La Mare De Carteret High School to be the one that goes.

That will be decided when the States meet again next week.

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