Happy students are successful, and successful students are happy. That's part of headteacher Dennis Balls's recipe for a "relaxed but orderly" atmosphere at his school, serving the whole island of Guernsey. Purpose-built 14 years ago, it selects children through the 11-plus, and accommodates virtually all Guernsey's A-level students in its 310-strong sixth form. Academic standards are high, and most students stay on to contribute to the school's 94 per cent pass rate at A-level. Home to the finance industry, Guernsey has virtually full employment, and incentives to go straight into a job are strong. Becoming a student on the mainland has a certain disincentive, as British universities charge Channel Islands' students academic fees of pound;2,500 a year.
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