- Elizabeth College, Guernsey
Infobox Secondary school
name = Elizabeth College
type = All-male
principal = Dr. Nick Argent
colour = Blue
established = 1563
motto = Semper Eadem
St Peter Port
colours = Blue and white
Victoria College, Jersey; Guernsey Grammar School and Sixth Form Centre
website = [http://www.elizcoll.org]
Elizabeth College is a private school in the town of
St Peter Port, Guernsey.
The "School of Queen Elizabeth" was established as a grammar school between the years 1563 and 1568 by the Royal Commissioners of Elizabeth I. The first schoolmaster was
Adrian Saravia, who went on to become one of the translators of the King James Version of the Bible.
Until the 19th century, the school was poorly administered, and there was frequently only a very small number of students. Then in 1823 the governor of the island established a committee to perform a full review of the school, and by 1826 there was a new staff and a more complete curriculum, and the school was in a position to attract fee-paying students from England. That year the foundation stone of a new building was laid, and the school was renamed as the Royal College of Elizabeth. The building, which remains a prominent feature of the
St Peter Portskyline, was designed by John Wilson, who was also the architect of the French Halles, Castle Carey, and the former Church of St James the Less.
The entire school was evacuated during
World War IIto Great Hucklowin Derbyshireas a result of the occupation of the Channel Islandsby Nazi Germany, and tradition says that a ghost of one of the Nazisoldiers walks the corridors at night.
Elizabeth College has traditionally been a boys-only College. In the early 1990s, the college briefly admitted female students in the sixth form in order to cover the relocation of Blanchlande school. In 1999, a Sixth Form partnership arrangement was established with
Ladies' Collegewith shared teaching of AS and A2 lessons, split across the two Colleges.
As an independent school, the majority of pupils are fee-paying; however the
States of Guernseyawards scholarships annually on the basis of eleven plusresults. Students of Beechwood, the primary school section of Elizabeth College, are not permitted to take the eleven plus, and therefore must be fee-paying students if they are to attend the college.
Elizabeth College is a selective school, all prospective pupils (from states schools or Beechwood) must pass the entrance exam in order to be offered a place.
The school has traditionally focussed on three major sports (football, hockey and
cricket) one in each of the three terms. It has also been particularly successful in rifle shooting, supplying several members of the Athelingsrifle team as well as combining with Victoria Collegeto form the Channel Islands rifle team, that has won the Cadet National match in several recent years.
Since the 1820s, all pupils have been allocated a unique (sequential) school number. These are quoted below where known.
Victoria Cross recipients
The College has four
Victoria Crossholders amongst its former pupils:
Duncan Charles Home(665)
John Frederick McCrea(1545)
Lewis Stratford Tollemache Halliday(2237)
Herbert Wallace Le Patourel(3811)
Bailiffs of Guernsey
The following Bailiffs of Guernsey were educated at Elizabeth College:
John de Havilland Utermarck
Thomas Godfrey Carey
Henry Alexander Giffard
* William Carey
Edward Chepmell Ozanne
Havilland Walter de Sausmarez
Arthur William Bell
Victor Gosselin Carey
* John Loveridge
* Charles Frossard
Members of British Parliament
* Edward Arthur Somerset
* Barry Jones, actor
Robert Morley, actor
Hugh Pembroke Vowles, engineer, socialist, & author
PG Wodehouse, author
Murray Dron, Television presenter
Arthur Maurice Hocart, anthropologist
Peter le Page Renouf, Egyptologist
Andy Priaulx, motor-racing driver
Dale Garland, athlete
Matthew Renouf, 4 man pursuit expert
*"Elizabeth College Register", volumes I–IV
* [http://www.elizcoll.org/ Elizabeth College website]
* [http://www.oea.org.gg/ Old Elizabethan Association website]
* [http://www.museum.guernsey.net/download/Elizabeth_College.pdf History of Elizabeth College, Guernsey Museums website]
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