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Two-school model flawed, say educationalists in open letter

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MORE than 50 people who work or have worked in education have urged the States to rethink the two-school model.

Over 50 educationalists have written an open letter to Education urging States to rethink the two-school model.

In a letter to the Guernsey Press, 57 local people from an educational background, including the Music Centre’s retired head of vocal studies Christine Anthony, GIGA chairman Brian Allen and Ken Wheeler, who was former head teacher of La Mare de Carteret High School and St Peter Port Secondary School, said that the two-school model was flawed, with too many students across the schools.

Education is in the process of combining the three high schools and the Grammar School to form one school across two sites. The changes have been controversial.

The group wrote that the increase in pupils in each school will result in poor student performance as evidenced in previous studies, recognised by Education, Sport & Culture within a report which calculated that, by 2023, the number of pupils in the proposed school would be 2,931, resulting in around 1,450 pupils in each school.

‘Guernsey’s existing sixth form centre at Footes Lane is the jewel in the crown of the island’s current secondary education provision, delivering an exceptional teaching and learning experience for staff and students alike,’ they wrote.

‘The Elizabeth College main building was completed in 1829 and yet still provides an excellent curriculum and learning environment for circa 600 pupils.

‘Why incur huge capital expenditure enlarging two school buildings when the existing stock at Beaucamps, Baubigny and Footes Lane can be utilised to provide three colleges and a sixth form centre to better effect, financially, academically and environmentally.’

They urged the States to think again and keep using the sixth form centre and three existing school sites.

Click here to read the letter.

Danielle Kenneally

By Danielle Kenneally
News reporter

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