Questions to ask your daughter

Sylvia Brett

Sylvia Brett, Principal of Harrogate Ladies’ College Ask your daughter if she has ever worried about posing a question in class for fear of what the boys will say or whether she has been anxious about making a mistake because she should have known better and can only expect ridicule from her peers. Ask her […]

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How does boarding promote wellbeing?

Jo Duncan, Head of The Royal High School Bath (GDST) How does boarding promote wellbeing and help children and young people thrive? If ‘wellbeing’ is defined as being physically and mentally healthy and able to cope with life’s challenges in a positive and constructive manner, then a good boarding school experience will support this in […]

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The benefits of boys-only boarding

John Moule, Warden of Radley College Iam not a single-sex zealot. That might seem odd coming from the Warden of Radley College, one of the great bastions of boys-only boarding, but it’s true. I get a little fed up with evangelical statements, backed up by supposedly incontrovertible statistics, that girls do better in this environment, […]

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Strong role models in boys’ boarding schools: former Service personnel bring an extra dimension

Joe Smith, Head Master of The Oratory School After the flurry of several single-sex schools becoming co-educational in the last few years, it’s time to take stock and consider a major reason why the few remaining boys’ boarding schools continue to flourish in the face of the trend towards mixed schools. Our particular mission in […]

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Choosing an all-boys’ boarding education

Tim Haynes, Headmaster of Tonbridge School My views on the subject of single-sex education are very much shaped by my time spent as Headmaster of Monmouth and, for the last ten years, as Headmaster of Tonbridge – both are well-regarded all-boys’ boarding schools. Although all-boys’ schools were once commonplace, there are now only a few […]

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The benefits of co-education

Jonathan Leigh, Master of Marlborough College Modern co-educational boarding is a highly inclusive experience. Full weekends of activities, usually planned at a house level, are at the heart of engaged boarding. Pupils who get the most out of boarding enjoy social interaction, want to take part in the many events available, and have a well-developed […]

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Co-education or single-sex? – look for a school where individuality is valued

Lee Glaser, Headmaster of Taunton School M en are from Mars and women are from Venus’– or apparently not, according to a study published in November 2015 by a team from Tel Aviv University. This study has shown that there’s really not much in the way of difference between male brains and female brains. There […]

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The best of both worlds – the ‘diamond model’

Ian Davies, Headmaster of Brentwood School There is a conventional wisdom that single-sex schools are better academically and co-educational schools are better socially. However, I don’t see this as an ‘either-or’ debate. Actually, at Brentwood School, we provide both. Along with nine other schools in the country, we follow what is known as the ‘Diamond […]

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How a boarding environment helps pupils develop

Jo Cameron, Principal of Queenswood Going to a single-sex boarding school means having lots of fun, forming lifelong friendships and building a strong support network. What can be better than living and sharing a room with your best friends? And, what’s more, these friends come from all over the world and open your eyes to […]

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Inspiring confidence in girls

Inspiring confidence

Dr Felicia Kirk, Headmistress of St Mary’s Calne   It is an obvious but crucially important point that girls need confidence to do well. I have long held the belief that confidence plays a pivotal role in unlocking girls’ potential. In fact, it matters just as much as knowledge, skills and competence. However, it was not […]

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Girls and engineering and other STEM subjects

Olivera Raraty, Headmistress of Malvern St James Girls’ School According to Dame Professor Ann Dowling, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK plc has a major skills shortage – by 2022 we will need at least 1.82 million new engineering, science and technology professionals. And what about women? Currently women make up less than […]

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A ‘digital revolution’ in boarding schools

Elaine Logan, Warden of Glenalmond College As with most independent boarding schools, digital technology first arrived at Glenalmond in Physics classrooms during the 1980s. Endless fascination with simple programs ensued, producing amusing times with controlled lights and beepers. It would be at least 15 years before most school administration systems were computerised and smart technology […]

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The role of the houseparent

Bex Tear, Headmistress of Badminton School Boarding school life is a rich and varied tapestry full of shared experiences that create a strong network of friends for life and a wonderful set of memories. One of the most vital ingredients for these golden years is a boarder’s houseparent. Every boarding house will have its own […]

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