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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 guide 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

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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. Detailed information is available here on the government website.


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 useful guide here.

Table: Schools in Jersey. 



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 useful guide here.

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. Further information is available here.


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 guide but to find your local non fee-paying primary school, contact Jersey's Education Department on or by calling +44(0)1534 445504. Alternatively you can find more information here on  


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


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 or by calling +44(0)1534 445504. A list is also available upon request or by downloading our Education Guide.


Details of Jersey's 4 fee-paying Secondary Schools are available upon request or by downloading our Education Guide. 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 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.


For more information on the education system in Jersey and school contact information, please see our Education in Jersey - useful information guide or drop us an email to You can also find out more information on Moving to Jersey on our Key Information pages /or/ by visiting Moving to Jersey on the website.

“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