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Praise for JCG in first independent school review

Praise for JCG in first independent school review

Thursday 12 December 2019

Praise for JCG in first independent school review

Thursday 12 December 2019


Jersey College Girls has received "outstanding" feedback in every category after becoming the first school to have been independently reviewed under the new Jersey Schools Review Framework.

A team of eight independent reviewers spent three days at the college, reviewing over 100 lessons and meeting with many staff and students to examine the level of achievement, learning, behaviour and wellbeing and leadership.

The review team included education consultants from abroad as well as staff from the Department for Children, Young People, Education and Skills (CYPES) and local schools.  

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Pictured: Student behaviour and their attitudes to learning were found to be “exceptionally positive”.

The reviewers commented that JCG was “a great place to learn” and that it provided “'brilliantly for the needs and aspirations of its students”. Student behaviour and their attitudes to learning were found to be “exceptionally positive” and “at virtually all times, impeccable”. 

Teaching was judged to be consistently of a high standard while the reviewers were impressed by the “vast range” of extracurricular activities on offer. 

Overall JCG was, they said, “a happy and high performing school”.

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Pictured: JCG was described as "a happy and high performing school”.

“Every day our staff and students work so hard in close partnership to provide the highest standard of education built upon a strong culture of care,” Carl Howarth, Principal of Jersey College for Girls, said.

“Following a very robust, rigorous and thorough independent review, we are delighted and very proud that the independent reviewers found JCG to be a ‘happy and high-performing school’ and judged us to be outstanding in every category.” 

Karen Rankine, Chair of Governors, added: “This report is a fitting and deserving accolade for the tremendous commitment and effort of all the staff, students and parents to provide the very best education for our young people. 

“The Governors are delighted that under highly skilled and deeply caring leadership JCG continues to flourish. This report provides assurance to parents and the wider community that JCG is an exceptional community where our students can learn and thrive as happy, confident and impressive young women.”

Video: All schools should be reviewed by December 2022 as part of the Jersey Schools Review Framework.

The Jersey Schools Review Framework will see each school assessed every three years, to evaluate pupils are in a safe, nurturing environment; the behaviour and personal development of pupils; the standards of teaching, learning and achievement; as well as the effectiveness of the schools' leadership. 

All schools should be reviewed by December 2022. 

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Pictured: The Education Minister, Senator Tracey Vallois.

The Education Minister, Senator Tracey Vallois, said the introduction of the Review Framework reflected the Government’s commitment to putting children first. 

“I welcome this independent review, which reflects our commitment to raising standards and achievement through the progression of our pupils and supporting the valuable work of our staff,” she said.

“Parents, carers, students, staff, and all Islanders, will be able to read the report findings reflecting both the excellent work going on in our classrooms and the ways in which our schools can improve and be even better.”

Pictured top: Students at Jersey College for Girls. (Paul Wright)

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