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Guernsey Headteachers tell deputies they are concerned about next week's States debate

The Headteachers from the four Guernsey secondary schools have written to States Deputies expressing their concern over next week's debate about the rebuild of La Mare de Carteret School.

They say they are not happy with the way it has been turned into a much wider debate about the future of all Secondary Education in the island.

The four teachers say this is 'causing considerable anxiety amongst staff' and say they cannot support the amendment that 'forces' a move from four to three schools.

Here is the letter in full:

Guernsey's Treasury Department: We've been forced to act

Guernsey's Treasury Department says they have been forced to act over the island's education system.

This week it released plans, which if passed, would make Education agree that there needs to be fewer secondary schools in order to improve education and deliver value for money for taxpayers.

Treasury is now facing the brunt of blame from both education and parents for uncertainty over the future of secondary schools.

Our preference would be for decisions to be made about the future of secondary education policy, the future of tertiary education in the island in order that decisions can then be made on what education estate is needed, then we can make decisions on what we need to build. That would be our preference, that is not the option before us and our amendment therefore is somewhat a second best.

– Deputy Gavin St Pier, Treasury and Resources Minister

Fears that La Mare rebuild is being hijacked

Parents have voiced their fears over political attempts to close at least one of Guernsey's secondary schools.

More than 200 attended an emergency meeting at Beaucamps High, concerned it could be their school that's axed.

It comes ahead of a debate on rebuilding Le Mare De Carteret.

The Treasury don't want to commit money for that until a decision is made on the number of school's Guernsey needs.

But parents such as John Ogier fear the debate on redeveloping La Mare is being hijacked.

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Treasury: Number of secondary schools in Guernsey should be cut

Guernsey's Treasury and Resources Department wants a cut in the number of secondary schools in the island.

It has today submitted an amendment to Education's Redeveloping the La Mare DeCarteret Schools’ Site – Post Review States Report.

If passed it would make the Department agree that there needs to be fewer secondary schools in order to improve education and deliver value for money for taxpayers.

Education would then have until March next year to investigate 'the optimal size and location of secondary schools' in the island and give the States an update. This would include whether La Mare de Carteret should be rebuilt for 600 or 960 students and allow for the appropriate amount of money to allow the build.

The amendment also asks for Education to ensure that future annual Budget reports have enough funding to adequately maintain schools

Emergency meeting tonight over fears of Les Beaucamps future

Teachers and parents are tonight meeting to discuss the future of Les Beaucamps High School .

The emergency gathering was called ahead of next weeks States debate which will see suggestions for one of the island's schools to close.

The meeting starts at 7pm at the school.

One politician has recently suggested Beaucamp's students could be sent to other schools.

In a letter to parents, Beaucamps Head Sophie Roughsedge says any decision must be carefully considered and openly debated.

Emergency meeting about fears over Beaucamps School's future

Teachers at Beaucamps school have called parents to an emergency meeting tomorrow evening to address fears over the school's future.

A States debate next week will see calls for one of the island's school to close.

One politician has recently suggested Beaucamp's students could be sent to other schools.

In a letter to parents, Beaucamps Head Sophie Roughsedge says any decision must be carefully considered and openly debated.

The letter sent to parents