About Guernsey Grammar School & Sixth Form Centre
There is something rather special about our school. Everyone here feels important and valued no matter what role they play. Also, we are keen to draw your attention to the strong relationship that exists between students and staff. We believe in placing the child at the centre of their own education and that learning is a life-long experience. Students are encouraged to take some responsibility for their own learning, be independent and to support others in their efforts. Together, as a learning community, we will continue to set and achieve the high standards Guernsey Grammar School and Sixth Form Centre is famous for, whilst producing well balanced, successful and happy citizens of tomorrow.
Guernsey Grammar School and Sixth Form Centre is a mixed school of approximately 900 students. Within the one institution it fulfils two roles for the education service of Guernsey. In Years 7 to 11 it is a selective school providing an appropriate curriculum taught at high levels, in accordance with the requirements of The Guernsey Curriculum Statement for students in the top 25% of the ability range. In Years 12 and 13 it offers a Sixth Form Centre academic education which is open to all island students who meet the entry requirements of a minimum of five GCSE grades at ‘C’ and above. The Sixth Form provides for its 500 students the opportunity to study either the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme or a wide range of AS & A Level courses as well as a broad enrichment programme of personal development. The school has been delivering the International Baccalaureate, Diploma Programme since September 2012. The Guernsey Grammar School and Sixth Form Centre work closely together and support one another, forming a very strong single community.
Standards of achievement are high. At GCSE Level almost all students will gain at least 5 grades of ‘C’ or above, including English and Mathematics, with the average being above 9. Last Year 49% of all grades were ‘A’ or ‘A*’ and 96% of all grades were A*- C grades. Last year’s ‘A’ Level pass rate was 99.3% with 78.2% of all grades being A*-C. About 70% of students proceed to Higher Education in the UK and the remainder generally enter employment.
The school has an experienced and well-qualified specialist teaching staff of 82 full-time and 8 part-time teachers, supported by a committed team of non-teaching ancillary staff.
The accommodation was purpose-built to high specifications and opened in 1985, with the addition of a brand-new £5.5m Sixth Form Centre in 2005. The buildings provide a modern, exceptionally pleasant and well-resourced environment for staff and students alike.
Following the Island's high investment in learning technology, the school provides students with a range of desktops with industry standard software facilities, mobile devices (include Chromebooks and laptops) and a fully filtered BYOD (bring your own device) network. A personal device is also provided to every member of staff. As a registered Google for Education school, cloud storage and app services provide students and staff with unlimited storage for their work and the ability to share and collaborate with others.
The school is set in lovely surroundings in the centre of the island surrounded by playing fields and mature gardens.
The school continues to grow, develop and adapt to changing educational circumstances and is at an exciting stage in its evolution. The aim of the school is to provide a stimulating and challenging education which instils moral and spiritual values and offers a happy and successful experience.
Mrs E A Coffey