Two Guernsey Catholic primary schools face merger

Primary school classroom Larger primary schools improve standards says the Education Department

Related Stories

Two Guernsey Catholic primary schools could be merged, the Education Department has said.

Combining Notre Dame du Rosaire and St Mary & St Michael primary schools would be better for the pupils and more cost-effective, say officials.

Senior Catholic officials in Guernsey do not believe any changes are needed.

A meeting is being held for parents at Guernsey Grammar School on 15 October, when the department will discuss the plans.

The department said it wanted to "reassure parents" that it did not want to reduce Catholic schools provision in the island and it recognised the "valuable contribution" they made.

Officials are also proposing to close Sampson's Infant School and St Andrew's Primary School to save more than £800,000 a year.

Education Minister Robert Sillars said it was "not just about money" but creating larger primary schools, which helped to improve standards.

He said the move was part of the department's strategy to ensure all primary schools have two or three classes in their entry years, rather than just one.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Guernsey


Guernsey Airport

Min. Night 5 °C


  • Kim Jong-ilKorean kidnap

    The film stars abducted by North Korea and forced to make movies

  • TabletFeeling flat

    Are tablets losing their appeal?

  • scarlett Johansson7 days quiz

    Did someone try to impersonate Scarlett on the red carpet?

  • Woman reading on subwayCover shots Watch

    The disappearing books of the New York city subway

  • llamasLlama drama

    Two unlikely fugitives go on the run in Arizona

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.