About Us

Principal's welcome

Welcome to Blanchelande College, Guernsey’s only fully co-educational 4-16 independent school. Founded in 1902 as a small school for girls by a French order of nuns, Blanchelande retains its Catholic identity - rooted in love of God and service to neighbour - while educating over 300 boys and girls of a range of backgrounds and beliefs, from Reception age to GCSE. The school offers an excellent academic and co-curricular education which fosters joyful, confident and successful pupils.

Blanchelande’s rural setting in Les Vauxbelets ('beautiful valleys') is glorious, and unrivalled on the island: the children play in acres of space; sports pitches are on-site; one of Guernsey’s landmarks, the Little Chapel, is part of the College estate; the children look out on to fields of Guernsey cows and walk to lessons accompanied by chickens and ducks.  We have ambitious plans for development too, including a £2.5m sports hall and a rolling renovation programme.

Infants (age 4-7)
Blanchelande’s infant school is for boys and girls aged 4-7. Reception and Years 1 and 2 are housed in a cottage with its own playground, forest school and specialist staff. The Infants have a decked playground, and a field to play on that borders the farmer's fields: a rural idyll in which to observe the changing seasons. The children benefit from small class sizes, outdoor learning and an innovative curriculum. The infant department is a place of security, joy, friendship and adventure.

Juniors (age 8-11)
Blanchelande’s junior school is for boys and girls aged 8-11. Years 3 to 6 are housed in the main school where the curriculum broadens to include specialist teaching in Languages, Music and Art. We are developing a ‘liberal arts’ curriculum in the junior school, which will teach knowledge and culture (the ‘best that has been known and thought’) as an integrated, synchronized whole, fostering lateral thinking and cultural literacy. Our primary school pupils transfer automatically at 11+ to the senior school.

Seniors (age 11-16)
Blanchelande’s senior school is for boys and girls aged 11-16. Whether moving up from our prep school or joining Blanchelande from elsewhere, all pupils begin by consolidating core knowledge and skills and following a broad curriculum of arts, sciences, humanities, technical skills and sport. Blanchelande educates pupils to be intellectually accomplished but also to have wide interests and practical skills – including ICT, cookery and DT – that will set them up for their lives ahead. Pupils select their GCSE options at the end of Year 9 and generally work towards ten or more GCSEs from Year 10.

Development
We have many plans for development over the next five years. Our current projects include the sports hall, cricket pitch, a new library, Art room and ICT suite. We hope to be able to re-open the sixth form in the near future, to provide continuity of education to all our pupils through to 18.

Admissions
Boys and girls can join the College from their fourth birthday (into Reception) or at age 11 (into Year 7), and often into other year groups, where places permit. We have an open morning each September, but our Registrar, Sonia Hollowell, is always delighted to meet new families and show them round the school.

Tel 01481 232 744   Email hollowells@blanchelande.sch.gg

Blanchelande offers your son or daughter a rounded education, with small class sizes, engaging teachers and a rich curriculum, as well as a stunning rural setting in which to build strong friendships. Do pay us a visit.

Robert O’Brien

Principal, Blanchelande College