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Moving with your family to a new home can be stressful particularly when looking for schooling, this page provides a useful guide to education in Jersey, from nursey schools to higher education. This information is also available to download in our fact sheet Education in Jersey. For more information about moving to Jersey please get in touch with a member of the team on +44(0)1534 440604 or email locatejersey@gov.je.

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The education system

Jersey values high standards of education and offers a range of schools across the Island. The island’s GCSE and A level results are consistently equivalent to the upper quartile of the UK education authorities. Children are offered a school place at the beginning of the school year in which their fifth birthday falls. 

There are three types of schools in Jersey:

  • free States of Jersey schools
  • fee-paying States of Jersey schools
  • private fee-paying schools (fees can be as little as a third of those in the UK)

The Jersey Curriculum is designed to ensure children and young people grow and learn as well educated citizens of our Island and the world. It is based on the National Curriculum in England, adapted to reflect both our Island's unique heritage and environment, and the needs of the local economy.

At Primary school level, Nursery and Reception pupils are assessed using the Jersey Foundation Stage Profile. In Years 2 to 6, the progress that pupils make is assessed by teachers every term, including a CAT test in Year 5.

At Secondary school level, assessments can include CATs, GCSEs, AS, and A2s, the International Baccalaureate and vocational qualifications such as BTECs and GNVQs. More detail information is available by following the links at the bottom of this page.

 

Choosing a school

Below is a table of school options so you can work out which one suits your family, alternatively you can download our fact sheet Education in Jersey.

Table: Schools in Jersey. 

 

Pre-School/Nursery

Jersey has a range of private and pre-school nurseries. A full overview of nurseries and kindergartens can be accessed through the Jersey Childcare Trust, a charity focused on the provision of childcare services. A selection of schools also provide pre-school services, we can provide a list of these schools upon request or by downloading our guide Education in Jersey.

All children are eligible for up to 20 hours of free, States-funded nursery education in the school year that they turn 4 years old.

Registering and applying for a nursery place is a 2 step process:

  1. Register your interest in a particular nursery; and 
  2. Completion of an application form (these are sent to you in the year your child is set to begin nursery)

Catchment areas do not apply for nursery places, you can apply to any nursery school on the Island, and you can register for a place at any time. Allocation is based on the registration date therefore the earlier you apply the more chance you have of securing a place in your preferred nursery.

To register your interest, you are required to fill out a 'Register Your Interest' form and send it to your first choice nursery school. This can be submitted by email, post or in person. You can list more than one nursey but only complete one form. The registration form can be found by following the links at the bottom of this page.

Once you have registered your interest with a school, an application form will be sent to you during the year your child is due to begin nursery. Complete this form and submit it to your first choice nursery. The information you provide will be sent onto the Children, Young People, Education and Skills team who allocate nursery places. Allocation typically takes place in March.

Further information is available by following the links at the bottom of this page.

 

Primary School

Non fee-paying:

Jersey's 22 non fee-paying primary schools operate on a catchment area and availability basis. Details of all schools are available on request or by downloading our fact sheet Education in Jersey but to find your local non fee-paying primary school, contact Jersey's Education Department on education@gov.je or by calling +44(0)1534 445504. Alternatively you can find more information by following the links at the bottom of this page.  

Fee-paying:

Jersey has 9 fee paying primary schools, the details of which are available upon request or by downloading our fact sheet Education in Jersey .  

 

Secondary Education

Non fee-paying:

There are a total of 7 non fee-paying schools on the Island. Allocation of places us based on catchment area. Each school welcomes both boys and girls. For more information contact Jersey's Education department on education@gov.je or by calling +44(0)1534 445504. A list is also available upon request or by downloading our fact sheet Education in Jersey.

Fee-paying:

Details of Jersey's 4 fee-paying Secondary Schools are available upon request or by downloading our fact sheet Education in Jersey. These schools are either for all boys or all girls however some classes can be shared amongst the 4 schools.

 

Higher Education

Degree-level education is available on the Island for a selection of qualifications. Highlands College - University College Jersey (post-18, higher education) delivers a range of qualifications through partnerships with Plymouth University and London South Bank University. For more information on Highlands College email info@highland.ac.uk or call +44(0)1534 608608, alternatively you can find more information on the Highlands website.

Additionally the Jersey Institute of Law offers on-Island law degrees and higher level accountancy (and similar) qualifications are available through on-Island training providers.

 

Useful Links

 

For more information on the education system in Jersey and school contact information, please see our fact sheet Education in Jersey /or/ drop us an email to locatejersey@gov.je. You can also find out more information on moving to Jersey on our Key Information pages.

“We looked at other jurisdictions...Jersey was the only place that could offer us the lifestyle as well as excellent schools...I have to say that we certainly haven’t been disappointed by the excellent on-island education our children are now enjoying. The schools really are as good as we’d hoped they would be and more.”

Sarah Garrood - Maven Partners


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