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We equip girls to thrive and empower them to believe in themselves

This week’s The Week included the annual Independent Schools’ Guide – one of the articles focussed on the benefits of single-sex versus co-ed education with a piece written by the Head at Sherborne Girls and Cheltenham College.

It is not news that girls’ schools allow freedom when choosing subjects as the pupils have no gender bias and every activity and lesson is made solely for the benefit of girls. What I found interesting was that the Head of Cheltenham College admits that where there is an imbalance of numbers between the sexes it means that the school has to try harder at making opportunity equal. Not all realise that and despite being co-ed for a number of years there can be a culture in a school of it being a boys’ school that now admits girls. This is not a problem we face.

The co-ed school Head focussed on being pleased to see boys and girls together outside of lessons but this supposes that our girls have no life outside of school. She talks of unexpected friendships and our girls make those too. The Sherborne Head makes an excellent point when she counters the argument that single-sex schools do not represent real life – can any school claim to mirror society? What we do is equip girls to thrive and empower them to believe in themselves. What better preparation is needed?