Schooling is free and compulsory for children between five and sixteen years of age. The Falkland Islands Government provides staff, equipment and supplies for education throughout the Islands, has a primary and a secondary school in Stanley, and operates three small settlement schools on large farms. Other rural pupils are taught by travelling teachers, and older children attend school in Stanley, living at a boarding hostel. English teaching methods and examination systems are used.
Settlement and travelling teachers receive support from the Camp Education Unit based in Stanley. This unit conducts individual daily lessons by telephone and sets homework for children between travelling teachers’ visits.
In 2002 the well-resourced Stanley Infant/Junior School added a modern extension, providing state of the art IT and practical facilities.
The Falkland Islands Community School opened in 1992, replacing the old Senior School. It offers 18 subjects at GCSE level and has well equipped rooms for specialist study.
Those students who achieve appropriate grades are funded for A level courses at Peter Symonds’ Sixth Form College, Winchester or to attend Chichester College to acquire National Diplomas or NVQs. The Government also offers grants to attend Higher Education courses, mainly in the UK.
The Community School is home to the Leisure Centre, which includes a 25 metre heated swimming pool amongst its facilities, and is open to the public when not in use by the school. The joint public/school library is also situated in the Community School.