Statement From ESC On Two-School Model

7th December 2017

The Committee for Education, Sport and Culture is fighting against the proposed two-school secondary model.

Deputy Carl Meerveld recently stepped down as Deputy President of the Committee, after authorising a £10,000 spend on a social media campaign promoting the three-school model.

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Since then, the Committee has released an official statement, outlining the reason why it would not support a two-school model:

“‘Every possible combination for a Two-School model will cost tens of millions more than ESC’s Three-School propsal’ says Deputy Paul Le Pelley, President of the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture.

ESC have completed all reports originally requested on high-level costs and feasibility of Two-School models for 11-18 education. The reports are paid for from the £93,000 allocated by Policy and Resources for this research.

Deputies promoting a two-school model have not yet said which 2 schools they recommend closing. The feasibility reports show that all 18 permutations of schools in a two-school model would cost millions of pounds more than ESC’s three-school proposal which the States will debate in January. 

Under ESC’s proposal, to rebuild La Mare de Carteret High School and to refurbish and reconfigure the Les Varendes site to create the Sixth Form College would cost £47m. A further £36m would be spent in a second phase, to rebuild La Mare de Carteret Primary School and to refurbish the Les Ozouets site for the Further and Higher Education Institute, including new workshops. This brings the total for the whole programme to £110m.

The cheapest two-school model has been costed at £93m, for refurbishment and a large extension to the existing Grammar School site and a large extension to St Sampson’s High School. Additional expenditure would be needed for any College of Further Education site, which was costed separately in the March 8th, 2016 Billet at £67m. The £93m also does not include rebuilding La Mare de Carteret Primary School, estimated at £20m. Under this cheapest two school scenario, La Mare de Carteret High School would not be rebuilt and Les Beaucamps would close as a High School and would need additional investment to repurpose. 

The costs of the 18 two-school options range from £93m to £135m, all before adding any College of Further Education and La Mare de Carteret Primary School rebuild costs. Potentially an additional £87m (£67m and £20m respectively). None of the two-school combinations includes the purchase costs of private land required, project management or staff costs. ESC’s total cost of £110m is all-inclusive. 

‘It’s time for some straight answers from the Deputies promoting two schools’ says Deputy Le Pelley:

Which two secondary schools will they expand?

Which two schools will close, and when? 

Where are the children going to go? 

When will they move schools? 

How many times will they move schools? 

How limited will the curriculum be in two small sixth forms?

What is the cost of delivering the sixth form curriculum at two sites? 

How will they retain and recruit staff within a two-school model? 

How will they transitions from four schools to two? 

What’s the traffic going to be like if you are more than doubling the number of children at one of our existing schools? 

How much is all of this going to cost?

We look forward to all these questions being addressed in the two-school proposal to enable a genuinely informed debate and a fair comparison with our three-school proposal.”

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