Our future education

Transforming our system for education...

Investing in our island's future

Guernsey is now on the precipice of a model for Secondary and Post-16 which will deliver excellent and equitable educational environments for our learners, a modern 21st century system for our dedicated staff to work within, and good value for tax payer money.

The Committee for Education, Sport & Culture and the Transforming Education Programme team have made significant progress since the States of Deliberation approved the new model in September 2021. The work has been done in tandem with the ambitious Education Strategy, which drives for continuous improvement across the system.

With the full model set for delivery in 2025, key achievements of the programme already include:

  • The beginning of the implementation of new staffing structures, with all staff ringfenced for roles which are equitable across each High School, and job matching for senior staff now underway.
  • Progress on a digital overhaul, which aims, through major transformation and upgrades to infrastructure and increased access to devices, to ensure learners and staff will have access to high quality, modern IT.
  • Plans ready to go for a state-of-the-art Post-16 Campus which will become an adult learning environment for all post-16 learners, no matter which path they choose. It will also ensure they have the facilities they need for their qualifications whether academic, technical, professional or vocational.
  • Continued integration of The Guernsey Institute – bringing together Guernsey College of Further Education, GTA University Centre and Institute of Health and Social Care Studies to become a community hub for lifelong learning.

Now the Committee is reliant on capital investment to achieve its improvements to the model. Guernsey has run out of viable real estate in which to deliver post-16 education and the Committee believes the island cannot now avoid a generational investment in new buildings for post-16 education. The new buildings will bring together all of the hard work already done to ensure Guernsey’s model for education caters for all students and ensures they can excel to the best of their abilities.


The Post-16 Campus

Plans for Guernsey’s new post-16 campus, which will create an adult, life-long learning environment for all students, have now been approved. While the team has encountered a small delay with a breakdown in partnership with the previous contractor, conversations are already taking place to engage with the market looking for a new builder.

Below is a flythrough video of the new campus, which highlights the exciting opportunity the development presents for future generations of students, staff who have been promised certainty for decades, and the whole community.



When underway, the plans will deliver 15,000m2 of internal education and community spaces, including 1,700m2 of inside sporting and recreational facilities.

You can view the full site plans here

Significant consideration has been given to ensure that the campus fits in to its natural and physical surroundings, with minimal impact. A key ethos in the design process has been to deliver a site that is as environmentally neutral as possible, with lots of emphasis on preserving and enhancing green and open spaces. As part of that, a well-known mature Sweet Chestnut tree, which featured in the former St Peter Port school emblem, will be retained as part of the plan as a fitting nod to the site’s legacy.

Construction of the post-16 campus is expected to cost up to £100m and progression of this work depends on the States agreeing to release funding.

The construction has also been planned in such a way that the intention is for Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts to remain open throughout the development of the site.

All of these images are architectural drawings, which could be subject to change


Deputy Andrea Dudley-Owen, President of the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture, said:

‘We are working to improve education in Guernsey and Alderney to make sure that all students are receiving the best education that we can provide. Since the removal of selection in 2016, we have been working towards delivering a comprehensive system of education that is excellent and works for each and every child. Improving their experience, their level of education in literacy and numeracy and creating rounded individuals for the good of our islands’ community and economy.

‘All projects within the Transforming Education Programme contribute to this aim and a key project within that programme is ensuring that selection at 16 is discontinued. All students should be offered an equitable education experience, where professional, vocational and technical learning sits on a par with academic learning. All students should have access to the same high-quality facilities and access to a broad variety of choice as young adults.’

The model

The full future model for Post-16 and Secondary Education is set out below, followed by the latest from each of the ongoing workstreams being developed to bring that model to life.


  • There will be three 11-16 schools, located at Les Varendes, Les Beaucamps and St Sampson's . This will ensure equal opportunities across three-evenly sized schools, and they will sit alongside Les Voies, Le Murier and St Anne's in Alderney.
  • Students choosing to continue their education beyond 16 will all progress to a new single Post-16 Campus at Les Ozouets, which will accommodate both The Guernsey Institute (TGI) and the Sixth Form Centre. This will deliver academic, vocational, professional and technical studies, side-by-side in an adult learning environment, serving the whole community's training, learning and development needs.
  • The three 11-16 schools and the Sixth Form Centre make up the Secondary School Partnership.


The Secondary School Partnership

The development of the Secondary School Partnership (SSP), which operates as an integrated 11-18 partnership, is key to delivering systemic change. Joint working within the partnership allows each school to maintain its own unique identity while leaders work together to develop improvements for the benefit of all students. In practice, this has already involved groups of subject leaders and senior leaders visiting schools in England to learn from them and a focus on developing greater consistency across schools.

The implementation of the new staffing structures across the SSP is an essential piece of work which underpins efforts to improve educational outcomes and to ensure consistency of provision across all of the schools as they support students in their post-16 progression. 

New staffing structures across the three 11-16 schools and separate Sixth Form Centre have been carefully designed by the SSP Executive Leadership Team with staff, national and local union representatives invited to provide feedback during an extensive period of consultation. The Executive Leadership Team listened carefully and responded to the feedback provided, creating new roles to provide additional pastoral support for students and to reduce the administrative burden on teaching staff so that they can focus on curriculum development and delivery. Importantly, the implementation of these new structures, a process which is now well underway, will also give staff certainty over their future roles for the first time in almost a decade.


The Guernsey Institute

The Guernsey Institute has been on a journey for some years now to become a place which serves the Bailiwick by teaching future employees skills which local industries need. By doing so it will serve the future economy of Guernsey; ensuring that we have the skills and know-how on island to fuel our future workforce.

Since the inception of the organisation, senior leaders in The Guernsey Institute have worked to begin the process of integration between the Guernsey College of FE, the GTA University Centre and the Institute of Health & Social Care Studies. They have engaged with all parts of the local community, and begun work on the creation of the new, purpose built TGI building, which will be a key part of the Post-16 Campus.

“Imagine a place where education is tailored to the specific needs of the local community, where academic excellence and professional development blend seamlessly to create a learning environment that empowers individuals, fuels economic growth, and fosters social progress. This is the vision of The Guernsey Institute, an ambitious and dynamic institution that is revolutionising the way we approach education in Guernsey.” – Jacki Hughes, Executive Principal of The Guernsey Institute.


A new 11-16 school - creating Les Varendes High

The Committee and its staff have also begun crucial work on the creation of a new 11-16 school - Les Varendes High - on the current Grammar School site. This will see La Mare de Carteret High School and the Guernsey Grammar School merge to give all students and staff a school with a shared culture, a new identity, and a new sense of belonging within the Secondary School Partnership. In recent months, senior staff have been reviewing options on how best to deliver improvements on this site and have created a student and staff-led 'new school design team' to help develop this work further. This team has now met three times and has made significant strides in creating the identity for Les Varendes High.


Digital overhaul

Digital transformation, which is essential to delivering an improved education system in Guernsey and Alderney, will enable long-term and sustainable improvements across all our schools. Through major transformation and upgrades to infrastructure and increased access to devices, learners and staff will have access to high quality, modern IT. There will be an improved ratio of devices for learners which enables the delivery of the Bailiwick Curriculum and the commitments of the Education Strategy.

The Committee is pleased to confirm that work began in 2022 to upgrade the networks through a scheduled programme of activity across all schools. This work continues apace and will significantly improve connectivity across all schools by the end of 2023, which in turn will have an enormously positive impact for all staff and the students that they teach.


New school feeder model

The updated feeder school system will come into effect in September 2023.

The map below indicates which secondary school current Year 6 students will attend.

When the new model becomes fully operational in September 2025, students currently at La Mare de Carteret High will all move together to the Les Varendes site. 

The Sixth Form Centre will remain at Les Varendes until July 2025.