Principal's Welcome

I am delighted to welcome you to Elizabeth College. Founded in 1563 and one of the original HMC Schools, it is a school full of local character with a fascinating history and a great tradition of scholarship. We are very proud of our school, its staff, facilities and the great things it has to offer. But we are most proud of our students who leave Elizabeth College with the knowledge, skills and attributes to live happy and purposeful lives.

Elizabeth College Junior School (ECJS) has been co-educational for many years and I am very pleased that we can now offer all of our students the opportunity to remain part of the College family from the age of  two and a half to eighteen – a complete journey from Pre-School to Sixth Form.

At all educational stages we offer a broad and innovative curriculum which has been designed to enable it to be tailored to individual needs. Students thrive both in and outside of the classroom and there is a wealth of opportunities made available to spark curiosity and facilitate the development of their unique talents and interests.

We encourage everyone to explore, to think creatively and to challenge themselves. There are extensive opportunities for all students to become involved in sport, music, art, STEM activities, drama, trips and tours, the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) and a host of other activities.   

We know that student wellbeing, feeling safe and valued is intrinsic to academic achievement and our PSHE and Lifeskills course runs throughout the College. Students learn to understand themselves and others, to grow in confidence and to become great communicators who will make a positive contribution to the College and wider community. Alongside all of this, students are building friendships that will last a lifetime.

I hope that our website gives you both a sense of the busy, purposeful and vibrant College community and an understanding of the values that are central to life at Elizabeth College.

I look forward to welcoming you for an individual tour or to one of our open days.

Jenny Palmer – Principal, Elizabeth College


Elizabeth College, founded in 1563 by Queen Elizabeth I, is a selective day school with a broad ability range located in St Peter Port in Guernsey. One of the earliest members of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference, it provides a challenging and highly stimulating academic and extra-curricular programme for children from 2 ½ through to 18 years of age in a co-educational environment.

Beyond the classroom, there are extensive opportunities for all pupils to become involved in sport, music, drama, the CCF, the Duke of Edinburgh’s award scheme, trips and visits and a host of other activities. Our Sixth Form curriculum is delivered in partnership with our neighbouring school, The Ladies’ College. This gives students a very wide choice of A level courses and provides an excellent preparation for university and their future careers.

HMC (or the Heads’ Conference) is an association of Headteachers drawn from some of the world’s best schools. Founded in 1869, it was the world’s first Heads’ association, and its name derives from the annual meeting of members at ‘Conference’.

Currently, 300 Heads in the UK and Ireland are members of HMC, with another 60 international members. HMC schools educate over 250,000 students in the UK (or roughly half of all independently educated pupils). Our schools vary in size and structure, from world famous boarding schools to outstanding day schools, often set in our great cities. A rigorous accreditation process helps to ensure and maintain quality and HMC schools are all committed to outreach and partnership work.

HMC exists to serve and support its members, to represent their views and to exemplify excellence in education. Its Head Office team is led by the General Secretary, Dr Simon Hyde, a former member and school governor.

Much of the strength of HMC derives from the participation of members and their schools in the association’s work. HMCPD provides extensive and high-quality training for senior and middle school leaders and runs conferences for deputy heads, heads of sixth form and the heads of junior schools.

The association is active in developing and maintaining relations with a range of educational partners and stakeholders from government to examination boards. It works to encourage and share innovation both within and outside the independent sector as well as to promote and protect the independence of our schools.

The Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) is a schools association with over 660 of the world’s leading prep schools in membership.

Schools must reach a very high standard to be eligible for membership, with strict criteria on teaching a broad curriculum, maintaining excellent standards of pastoral care and keeping staff members’ professional development training up to date.

Although each of our schools is independent, and has its own ethos, they are all committed to delivering an excellent, well-rounded education to the pupils in their care.

IAPS believes that schools should be unfettered by government interference and with fewer financial and other resourcing constraints than state schools, to ensure that their educational provision is tailored to the needs of the individual children.