7. St Michael’s Preparatory School
St Michael’s Preparatory School is the largest private preparatory school in Jersey, situated in the parish of St. Saviour. The school acts as a feeder to many British public schools in the United Kingdom. It has a strong academic record and is also noted for strength in music and sport. St Michaels recently changed its headmaster.
The school celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2008 and has many extensive facilities such as a state-of-the-art sports complex and swimming pool. It has a Pre-prep department (from age 4–7), and a senior school which goes up to age 13. The vast majority of pupils are prepared to take the Common Entrance Examination at 13, although some choose to go to secondary school in Jersey. St. Michael’s leavers often go on to prestigious public schools within the country.
6. De La Salle College, Jersey
De La Salle College in Jersey is an independent Roman Catholic school taking its name from St. John Baptist de La Salle(1651–1719), who founded the De La Salle Brothers in France.
De La Salle College takes its name from St. John Baptist de La Salle (1651–1719), who founded the Brothers’ Order in the time of Louis XIV. Today the Order has establishments in over 80 countries.
A few Brothers settled in Jersey at the time of the French Revolution and remained in the Island for several years. Then, from 1866 to 1896, a school of up to 300 pupils run by the Brothers’ flourished in St. Thomas’s Parish. The Brothers left the Island in 1896 but were invited to return in 1917 to found another school.
The school was established at Berry House next to St. Thomas’s Church in St. Helier and was initially known as St. Aloysius College. Within a year the main site of the school was moved to a property known as “The Beeches” on Wellington Hill in the parish of St. Saviour. It was at this point that the name De La Salle College was first given to the school.