Consultation on Co-Education
Frequently Asked Questions
When will the School
become fully co-educational?
Subject to consultation, 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 4.
Will girls be allowed
to join other year groups in September 2018?
Girls will not be
allowed to join the School in any other 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. So in September 2018 girls
will join Year 7, and then that and subsequent co-education year groups will
move 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?
selective entry test will remain the basis for admission for 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.
What changes will the
School be making to ensure the success of this proposed change?
The fundamentals of the School will remain unchanged: as 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, and 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
Will this proposed
change affect the number of places in grammar schools for boys?
The School Governor’s plan to consult in November 2016 over
whether to increase the School’s Planned Admission Number (PAN) from its
current 112, to 140 or 150. By
increasing the PAN to 140 or 150 for September 2018 entry, places for boys
would therefore be preserved. Currently, more boys than girls attend selective
schools in Gloucestershire and that is also the case for those attending
co-educational selective schools.
Ultimately, the balance between girls and boys attending grammar schools
in Gloucestershire is subject to parental choice and the balance of girls and
boys who meet the qualifying standard on the entry test for each school.
Marling School in Stroud will increase its intake of boys in Year 7 to 150 for
Is the School
planning to work more closely with primary schools, and if so why?
The School already works closely with a number
of local primary schools through our teaching school network. Currently, pupils from primary schools have
opportunities to come to The Crypt for STEM enrichment lessons, for English and
foreign language teaching. The School
has also organised some science teacher training days for primary teachers to
attend. We do wish to maintain and
extend that support to our local primaries schools, to help support those schools
in specialist subject areas such as science, foreign languages and maths.
Consultation on co-educational