By law in Guernsey all children who reach the age of 5 before 1st September must attend school at the start of that academic year (September). Primary school attendance is decided by the place of residence of the child, in other words the catchment area of each school.
However, that is not set in stone as catchment areas change and prospective students may be directed to other schools if student numbers reach maximum capacity in their catchment areas.
There are 3 key stages children go through at primary school level – the Foundation Stage is for 3-5 year olds, Key Stage 1 is for 6-7 year olds and Key Stage 2 is for 7- 11 year olds.
There are several primary schools in Guernsey. However, in this article, Topmost10 outlines the top 10 best.
HERE ARE THE TOP 10 BEST PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN GUERNSEY, 2018
10. La Houguette Primary School
La Houguette is a States of Guernsey maintained co-educational primary school. The school is situated in the rural west of the island and is very much a parish school serving a wide area covering the parishes of St Pierre du Bois, St Saviour’s and Torteval. The school is organised with two classes in each year, with the exception of our current years 1 and 2 which are single class. Our average class size is 17.
The school is a community of 275 children and 30 staff and everyone is seen as a school family. The school place children’s spiritual, moral, social, development at the heart of what they do, and they all work together to make the school a happy and safe place for everyone. The school’s children are responsible and make a full contribution to the life of the school. The school’s recent Validation report commends our harmonious community where the children work and play happily together and show considerable kindness towards others. The children enjoy the opportunity to work with and care for each other. They make responsible choices and respect the rights of others to be happy and safe. They all believe that every teacher has the right to teach and every child has the right to learn. This forms the basis of the school classroom behaviour charters.
9. St Martin’s Primary School
The school is set in the middle of the parish of St Martins in the SE corner of Guernsey. The original grey granite part of the building dates back to 1901 and has been added to over the years. The school is in excellent condition, highly fit for purpose and has all parts of the building linked under one roof.
The school is 3 form entry and approximately 500 children aged between 4 and 11 are on role. Each year group has three classes and these are grouped together and have their own area and entrance.
The school have a swimming pool, music drama room, ICT suites and gym. The outdoor sports facilities are excellent; 2 large fields and an all weather pitch. The school have 21 classrooms are well proportioned and each has an interactive white board. The ‘discovery room’ is packed with electronic devices to facilitate learning using the latest technology.
The school offer a broad curriculum that promotes creativity and independent learning. Learning activities are personalised to meet the needs of the individual child.
8. La Mare de Carteret primary school
La Mare de Carteret primary school is a thriving school situated in a very picturesque location very close to some of Guernsey’s most beautiful beaches.
The school gives all pupils the opportunities to develop by recognising the uniqueness of each child. The school understands the importance of creating the very best partnerships with parents and carers in order to ensure their children become successful independent young learners of tomorrow.
The school teaches in an inclusive atmosphere where every child’s learning journey is valued and supported. The school’s warm, friendly and welcoming environment helps children to take advantage of a stimulating, creative curriculum, which is flexible enough to meet the diverse learning needs of all our pupils.
The school develops children to become: Responsible Citizens, Effective Contributors, Successful Learners and Confident Individuals.