Senior schools: single-sex or co-education?


Boys, Girls or Co-Ed, as well as accommodating your child’s learning style, think about the type of school it is, whether it will suit your child and how it may shape your child’s outlook.

  • What-do-we-mean

    What do we mean by a boarder’s progress and how do schools measure it?

    At Godolphin, through our ‘Policy for Progress’ we consider progress in a number of broad areas. Academic is of course included but we also focus on personal and pastoral progress, extra-curricular progress and staff development (by setting a culture of...

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  • creative

    The importance of the creative arts

    Art in all its forms engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create. Art should be enjoyed as a visually and intellectually stimulating activity that encourages the observation and appreciation of...

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  • wellbeing

    How does boarding promote wellbeing?

    First, excellent pastoral care is provided by experienced boarding house staff and medical teams specifically trained in working with children and young people. The routine and structure of a well-run boarding house gives a genuine sense of security and allows...

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  • boys

    The benefits of boys-only boarding

    On exactly the same grounds, however, I am also irritated when people presume that somehow single-sex might be invalid as a form of education in the ‘modern world’ or that boarding is outdated. And heaven forbid that one might think...

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  • single-sex

    Co-education or single-sex? – look for a school where individuality is valued

    Interestingly, while hardly anyone has anything like the full set of mostly male features or the full set of mostly female features, by no means everyone with a significant collection of ‘female end’ features is female, and vice versa. What’s...

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  • environment

    How a boarding environment helps pupils develop

    Traditionally in education the three Rs were Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. In boarding they stand for the fundamental values of Respect, Relationships and Resilience.  In a boarding community you are in an environment where trying new things is encouraged. When...

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  • Promoting good mental health in boarding schools 

    Nevertheless, there is still reluctance to talk about mental health issues (or special efforts would not be needed) and it would be surprising if school leaders – especially leaders of girls’ schools – weren’t also reluctant. National statistics show that...

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  • engineering

    Girls and engineering and other STEM subjects

    And what about women in this picture? In the UK females make up 15.1 per cent of engineering graduates and only 11 per cent of the engineering workforce, the lowest in Europe. To put that in context, Latvia, Bulgaria and...

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  • digital

    A ‘digital revolution’ in boarding schools

    Progression into smart technology has provided many new opportunities for the boarding sector with improved teaching access, and efficiency of communication and pastoral care. On large school campuses, where pupils cover a huge area during the day, it is especially...

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