Why Choose Elizabeth College?

Opening the tabs below will show you more information on our strengths as well as details of our examination results and previous inspections. You can also see some of the Highlights of 2015.

• Value-added statistics place us in the top 17% of all British schools
• 9 out of 10 leavers reaching their first choice UK universities
• 28 subjects offered at A level in collaboration with the Ladies College
• ‘Outstanding’ pastoral care through tutors and Heads of Year (ISI Inspection 2009)
• ‘Outstanding’ cultural, moral and social development of pupils (ISI Inspection 2009)
• First-rate specialist support for students with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia
• Small class sizes (maximum 24 per class in Years 7-9, 16 on average at GCSE, 10 on average at A level)
• 185 pupils in the Combined Cadet Force and over 100 boys in the Duke of Edinburgh programme
• Excellence in football, hockey, cricket, fencing (UK national champions), shooting and swimming
• Over 100 off-island trips and expeditions for pupils to choose from each year
• Major drama productions every year
• 60 pupils in the College choir, over 40 in the College orchestra performing two major musical concerts a year
• Over 30 clubs and societies including climbing, modelling, film, life saving, science and Saravia
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• All pupils involved in service activities for the local community
• An outstanding tradition of fund-raising and charity work
• A strong emphasis on manners and gentlemanly conduct
• Pride in our Christian foundation and heritage
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2018 results:

Elizabeth College students have achieved very pleasing results at A level this year with 84% of grades at A* to C. There were some excellent individual successes with 11 students achieving three or more A*/A grade passes.

The vast majority of those students who applied to university have already had their places confirmed, including many who have successfully gained places to study at top Russell Group and other leading universities including Imperial College, Durham, Cardiff, Sheffield and Bath. A number of students have also secured employment in well-recognised professions on the island.

Principal Jenny Palmer says “I am really pleased with the A level results and the individual successes that many of our students have achieved, particularly as this is the first year of the return to a linear style of A level exam. This is a good set of results which reflects the comprehensive range of abilities at the College where a key focus is to encourage individuals to make the most of their skills, strengths and talents, whatever their background and capabilities.”

“Elizabeth College is proud to have been an integral part of the Bailiwick’s education system for many hundreds of years and we look forward to continuing to serve Guernsey by producing well-qualified, flexible and capable young people who will contribute positively to the life and economy of the island”.


2018 results 2017 results 2016 results  2015 results  2014 results
% Grades *A-C 85.0% 87.1% 82.9% 88.2% 83.0%


2018 Results:

Students at Elizabeth College have achieved excellent results in their GCSE examinations, with 54% of passes graded A*/A or equivalent (grades 9/8/7) and 95% graded A*/C or equivalent.

All of our Year 11 students achieved a pass of C or above (or equivalent) in both English and Maths and 96% secured the key measure of 5 or more passes at grades A* to C including English and Maths.

The results were strong at the top end with twenty students attaining at least 10 A*/A or equivalent grades.

Principal Jenny Palmer says “I am delighted with this set of GCSE results and what it means for our students in enabling them to move on to the next phase of their education. They are a great reflection of the students’ hard work and also the dedication of our excellent staff. The results include many outstanding individual performances across the broad ability spectrum of our students, however, exam results are only one aspect of an excellent education. At the College we also place a strong emphasis on extra-curricular activities and the development of individual character, preparing our students for their next steps and future successes”.


2018 Results 2017 results 2016 results 2015 results 2014 results
Elizabeth College was inspected by a team of inspectors from the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) in October 2015. The inspection covered the whole of Elizabeth College, from the Pre-School at Acorn House to the Sixth Form.

Assessing the quality of College’s educational provision, the ISI awarded Elizabeth College the highest rating of “Excellent” in eight aspects and “Good” in the other two. A full copy of the report is available here.

ISI inspections allow Elizabeth College to be compared to the best independent schools in the UK.  Inspection reports include judgements on pupils’ achievements, the curriculum, extra-curricular provision, teaching, pupils’ personal development, pastoral care, welfare, health and safety, governance, leadership and management and links with parents. Aspects are rated at one of four grades: excellent, good, sound and unsatisfactory.

The inspection report is very generous in its praise of the overall quality of the education provided by the College and for the pupils themselves, as exemplified by the following excerpts:

  • “The strongly pupil-centred college ethos enables pupils of all ages to achieve high academic standards and develop excellent personal qualities”
  • “Pupils’ excellent attitudes to their studies and their commitment to high standards and activities contribute strongly to the high standard of their achievements”

The report also reflects on the excellent curricular provision and high academic standards which the whole College achieves from its broad intake of pupils:

  • “Pupils’ academic achievements are supported by an excellent curriculum, carefully planned and sufficiently adaptable to meet well the needs of individual pupils”
  • “The college offers an attractive enrichment programme fulfilling the school’s aims of encouraging pupils’ participation and developing the whole child strongly.”

Pastoral care and the quality of relationships throughout the school are particularly highly praised:

  • “Relationships between staff and pupils, and amongst pupils themselves, are particularly harmonious.”
  • “Excellent pastoral leadership and management oversee comprehensive care and support so pupils develop into confident and well-rounded members of the community”.

The College’s excellent communication with parents and links with the community are also highlighted:

  • Links with parents and the community are excellent. Parents were especially pleased with the college’s academic provision, pastoral care and breadth of all-round opportunity.”
  • “Parents report that the college handles concerns particularly well…and that they felt listened to and welcome in both the junior and upper schools.”

With the overriding objective of helping schools to build on their strengths and identify areas for further improvement, the report includes recommendations to ensure that all teaching across the school provides appropriate challenge and focus and to ensure that teaching is consistently monitored and supported.  These areas are already being addressed through the College’s Development Plan.

Principal of Elizabeth College, George Hartley, is delighted with the outcome of the inspection.  “This comprehensive and external review puts us on a par with the best schools in the UK and fully endorses the many improvements we have made over recent years as well as the excellent, all-round and value-added education we provide for our pupils, from Acorn House right up the Sixth Form.  It also provides a thoroughly well-deserved pat on the back for our exceptionally committed and talented staff. It is extremely pleasing to receive such a strong vote of approval during the review of secondary education on the island. It is also really helpful to be guided in what we can do to improve still further, something we have already made a start on.”

A full copy of the report is available here or on the ISI website at www.isi.net.

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Y11 Preliminary Examinations

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Carols Rehearsal (Town Church

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Y7-9 Carol Service (Town Church)

December 17 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm GMT
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Carols Rehearsal (Town Church)

December 18 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm GMT
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Y10-13 Carol Service (Town Church)

December 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm GMT

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