When will the School become fully co-educational?
The first cohort of girls will join Year 7 in September 2018. By September 2023 the School will be fully co-educational in all year groups. The first cohort of girls who will be able to join the school in Year 7 are currently in Year 6.
Will girls be allowed to join other year groups in September 2018?
Girls will not be allowed to join the School in any year group other than Year 7, with the exception of Year 12 and Year 13. This is because the other year groups are now single sex and it would be not be practical or conducive to the education of any individual girl to join those year groups. Therefore girls will join Year 7 in September 2018, with that and subsequent co-education year groups moving up the school to complete the process of change over a five year period.
Will entry into Year 7 still be subject to the selective entry test?
Yes, the selective entry test will remain the basis for admission of all pupils wishing to enter the school in Year 7. This test is often referred to as the 11+ test.
Will boys and girls be taught in mixed or segregated classes?
Although there is debate about the value of segregated teaching, the evidence strongly suggests that children perform better both academically and socially in mixed classrooms. Therefore, boys and girls will be taught in mixed classes. However, there will be specific lessons, for example some Personal Education lessons, that boys and girls will be taught separately.
What changes will the School be making to ensure the success of this proposed change?
The fundamentals of the School will remain unchanged: a welcoming and nurturing school with a strong pastoral system, outstanding teaching and learning and excellent behaviour. The girls will join a school in which they can thrive.
However, the School will be reviewing its curriculum and pastoral systems to ensure they are strengthened for the arrival of girls in 2018. We plan to invest in some building works, such as new toilets and changing rooms, a dance studio and a large multi-sport playing area which can be used for tennis, netball, football and so on. We will also appoint a Head of Girls, a new Girls’ PE teacher and ensure girls are mentored by our own sixth form female students.
Will this proposed change affect the number of places in grammar schools for boys?
We and other grammar schools in the area are expanding. Our PAN (Published Admissions Number) will increase from 112 to 150 to ensure fair opportunities. Therefore, after careful consideration by the School’s Governors and the DfE, the change will not be to the detriment of boys.
What will be the proportion of boys and girls in 2018?
We cannot guarantee the number of girls that will pass the 11+ Test and choose to join our school. However, we have very strong interest from girls and their parents and anticipate approximately 40 to 60 girls in 2018, but this could be many more.
Will the girls be distributed across all 5 forms?
This depends on the number of girls we admit into year 7. The girls will be distributed amongst forms to ensure a 50/50 boy/girl distribution. We may have boy only forms in 2018.
Will the School have Girl centred sports?
Yes, our girls already play Netball and Hockey on grass. We also offer Tennis, Rounders, Gymnastics, Yoga, Football, Athletics, Basketball and Rugby.
Will you offer a wellbeing and induction programme to ease integration?
Yes. The Co-Education Team is currently auditing all our systems to ensure we offer a strong Wellbeing programme, encouraging resilience, mindfulness and mental Health, and a comprehensive induction ranging from July to mid-September, including a residential trip, to ensure girls and boys have a smooth transition into secondary education