About Us

Principal's welcome

Blanchelande College is Guernsey’s only fully co-educational independent school. From September 2020 Blanchelande will open its new Sixth Form, making it a unique, all-through school in the rural heart of the island. In 2018 the Independent Schools Inspectorate inspection rated the College 'excellent' in all categories.

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 375 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 idyllic 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). The proportion of top grades (9-7/A*-A) also climbed, for the third consecutive year, reaching 42% (from 38% in 2018, and 33% in 2017).  These results demonstrate that Blanchelande's commitment to pastoral care and all-round development leading to academic achievement is working.

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. 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 several subjects, including Languages (French and Latin), Music, History and Art. We are developing a ‘liberal arts’ curriculum in the junior school, teaching 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.

Sixth Form
In February 2019 Blanchelande announced exciting plans to restablish its Sixth Form in September 2020. If your son or daughter is currently at another school and you are considering a Sixth Form place at Blanchelande, we would be delighted to hear from you. For information about our Sixth Form, and a simple online enquiry form, just click here.

Development
Blanchelande is seeing a rich and ongoing programme of upgrades to its facilities. Recently completed projects include: a brand-new Arts Centre housing Art, Music and Drama; an extensive Undercroft development on our lower ground-floor that houses lockers and changing rooms for a growing senior school; a 21st century Science laboratory with prep room; and a stunning new cricket pitch. Future projects include sports facilities, an additional Science laboratory, improved library spaces throughout the school, and numerous upgrades for the new Sixth Form.

Admissions
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 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 4-18 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.

Robert O’Brien

Principal, Blanchelande College