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?

Yes, the 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 students.

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 September 2016.

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.








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