Welcome to Blanchelande College, Guernsey’s only fully co-educational independent school for boys and girls aged 2½-18. Blanchelande offers families an idyllic rural setting where children are allowed to roam free in safety, and where their talents are nurtured in an atmosphere that aims high but avoids undue pressure. In its most recent Independent Schools Inspectorate report the College was rated 'excellent' in all categories, including pupil achievement and personal development.
Blanchelande is a Catholic school - founded in 1902 as a small school for girls by a French order of nuns - rooted in love of God and service to neighbour. The school educates over 450 boys and girls of a range of backgrounds and beliefs; all are welcome. 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! In short, Blanchelande's bucolic surroundings form a backdrop highly conducive to well-being and the flourishing of each pupil's character.
Excellent GCSE results
In 2019 Blanchelande achieved island-topping results, with 97% of students achieving five or more GCSE grades 9-4 (A*-C). In 2020, the proportion of top grades (9-7/A*-A) climbed for a fourth consecutive year, reaching 49% (from 42% in 2019, 38% in 2018, and 33% in 2017). In 2021, the proportion of 9-7 grades increased further to 52%. These results demonstrate that Blanchelande's commitment to pastoral care and all-round development leading to academic achievement is working.
Nursery (age 2 1/2 - 4)
In September 2021 we open a new Nursery and we will be making the most of our beautiful estate to deliver outstanding outdoor learning/ forest school provision. Contact us to arrange a visit and a meeting with our Head of Infants, Alexa Yeoman.
Infants (age 4-7)
Blanchelande’s infant school is for boys and girls aged 4-7. Reception and Years 1 and 2 are housed around the Rosaire courtyard and from their classrooms they can spill out onto the decking for work and play. Just a minute away the Infants have their own forest school, and their playground overlooks herds of friendly cattle. The children benefit from small class sizes, outdoor learning and an innovative curriculum. Each class has an LSA who supports the children and the class teacher. The Infant department is a place of security, joy, friendship and adventure. In 2019 the Infant department's playground was completely renovated, and in 2020 the Reception classroom received a complete refit.
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 several subjects, including Languages (French and Latin), Music, History and Art. The College's ‘liberal arts’ curriculum teaches 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 Design Technology – that will set them up for their lives ahead. There is also a wide range of extra-curricular activities for students to get involved with before, during and after school. Pupils select their GCSE options at the end of Year 9 and most work towards nine or ten GCSEs from Year 10.
In September 2020 Blanchelande opened its doors to Sixth Formers for the first time in a decade. Sixth Formers benefit from small, seminar style lessons and brand-new facilities including a stunning new Senior School Library, Sixth Form Common Room, outdoor terrace, seminar rooms and an A-Level Science laboratory and study area. Our Sixth Form is open both to Blanchelande students moving up from Year 11 and to students from other schools seeking a bespoke learning experience and academic and pastoral support of the highest standard. For information about our Sixth Form, and a simple online enquiry form, just click here.
Blanchelande is rapidly upgrading its facilities. Since 2017 the following projects have been completed: a brand-new Arts Centre for Art, Music and Drama; a high-specification Science laboratory; an extensive Undercroft housing lockers and changing rooms; and stunning new cricket pitch. The opening of our Sixth Form in September 2020 sees further upgrades including a magnificent library; an additional Science laboratory; two new classrooms, a Sixth Form seminar room, and the complete renovation of two further classrooms. Furthermore, in August 2020 our outdoor courts were completely renovated, and - after a delay due to the pandemic - in the summer of 2021 the courts were spray-painted a vibrant blue. A new Language Centre - in the superbly renovated 'Pink Cottage' - also opened in September 2021, giving Languages a proper home and meeting the school's need for further classrooms to meet increased pupil numbers of 50% over the past five years.
Boys and girls can join the College from their fourth birthday (into Reception) or at age 11 (into Year 7), at 16 (into Year 12), and into other year groups, where places are available. We have an open morning on the final Saturday of 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 [email protected]
Blanchelande is Guernsey's only fully coeducational, all-through, independent 2½-18 school, offering 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.
Principal, Blanchelande College