Why should I send my daughter to a girls’ school? | Portsmouth High School

Why should I send my daughter to a girls’ school?

One of the things I like about working in a girls’ school, particularly within the GDST, is the way that it combats cultural stereotypes and trends. Here are some of the areas where this happens:

Maths, computing and science are subjects for boys – In the first instance our girls don’t even realise that this attitude is still prevalent in our society. They approach subjects across the curriculum with enthusiasm and vigour, taking opportunities when they present and absorbing mathematical and scientific enquiry.  I attended the GDST digital leaders and maths conferences and saw first-hand junior pupils engrossed in these areas of the curriculum.

Children are becoming more sedentary and spend all of their time in front of a screen – The rise of outdoor learning and the huge amount of sporting opportunities that the girls get in GDST schools dispels this myth. In Forest Schools the girls are out getting their hands dirty in the gardens and do so

in all weathers. They will be taking their science experiments, PSHE lessons and much more out into the grounds this summer. The Venture Award will see them camp overnight and take part in an expedition and year 5 will sail for an entire week. Girls here are not deskbound.

Girls need boys at school to give them more grit and determination – I have worked in boys’, mixed and girls’ schools. My observation has been that girls can often be more self-conscious as they get older in a co-educational setting. They are more likely to develop that resilience in an environment where they feel they can be themselves. The GDST is big on grit, making it an important part of our mission to create independence. I see this come through in our girls constantly.

I could expand this list almost exponentially and always relish the question: Why should I send my daughter to a girls’ school?