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Numbers in Primary school year groups (FOI)

Numbers in Primary school year groups (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 24 March 2021.
Prepared internally, no external costs.



Please can you let me know as of 22 February how many primary school children are in each of the following year groups: reception, year 1, year 2, year 3, year 4, year 5 and year 6.

Please provide the information for every primary school on the island that are states / partly states funded.


Please could you also let me know how many children in each reception class were given places out of catchment, starting after September 2020 or on appeal.



The table below represents the total number of pupils in all Government of Jersey Primary Schools on 22 February 2021 broken down by year group:

​Year Group R​1​​2​3​4​5​6



The table below details the number of pupils in each Reception class in non fee-paying Government of Jersey schools that were allocated out of catchment places following the conclusion of admission arrangements (this includes those allocated following appeals).

​Bel Royal​0
​First Tower​10
​Grands Vaux​8
​Grouville ​<5
​Janvrin ​23
​La Moye​9
​Les Landes​<5
​Mont Nicolle​<5
​Plat Douet ​16
​ Rouge Bouillon​14
​Samares ​10
​Springfield ​0
​St Clement ​<5
​St John​11
​St Lawrence ​<5
​St Luke​<5
​St Mary​5
​St Martin​0
​St Peter​0
​St Saviour​<5
​Trinity ​18


The Department have determined that to provide the figure where this is less than 5 would likely breach the privacy of individuals and therefore, Article 25 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) 2011 Law has been applied.

When catchment schools were over-subscribed, some parents were offered places at out of catchment schools for their children that were not their first choice. This factor contributed to the total number of out of catchment places allocated.

The numbers provided do not include children who are CLA (looked after), must access a specific school due to Special Educational Needs, or have a sibling, that are ‘out of catchment’. This is because children meeting this criteria take priority over children living in the catchment area, as per the Minister’s published policy:

Education Department Policy

Allocations are based on a set criteria with priority given in the order detailed below, to pupils who:

1. Have a special educational need and must access a specific school / are looked after

2. Have brothers or sisters in the school (Reception to Year 5)

3. Are living in the primary school catchment area

4. Are living in the secondary school catchment area

5. Have brothers or sisters in the school - Year 6

6. Have other requests supported by a good educational reason

If schools have more than one Reception class, then the distribution of the numbers within these multiple classes is not recorded in the allocation data.

Articles Applied

Article 25 Personal information

(1) Information is absolutely exempt information if it constitutes personal data of which the applicant is the data subject as defined in the Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2018.

(2) Information is absolutely exempt information if –

(a) it constitutes personal data of which the applicant is not the data subject as defined in the Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2018; and

(b) its supply to a member of the public would contravene any of the data protection principles, as defined in that Law.

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