Why choose a girls' only education?

It is widely understood that girls achieve better academic results when educated in an all girls environment.


A survey conducted by the Girls School Association (GSA) showed that, compared to all girls nationally, in GSA schools over 70% more girls took A level maths; over 50% more girls took a science at A level; over 90% more girls took a physical science (physics or chemistry) at A level; over 80% more girls studied French, German or Spanish at A level. And over 94% of girls leaving GSA schools after A levels move onto Higher Education.

St Mary’s is a co-educational school up to the age of 4 years. In keeping with tradition, St Mary’s continues to give boys a head start to their school careers and their company is greatly enjoyed by all.

After this age, our experience informs us that girls positively thrive in a single- sex setting. Boys and girls mature at different rates. Generally, girls have a more mature attitude to their studies and in a single-sex school, their learning and progress are allowed to go forward at a pace without hindrance. Their training for life can flourish as they set the agenda and make decisions without deference to the opposite sex.

Girls benefit from being in schools that recognise these differences and can provide an education geared specifically to their needs. The girls of today will be tomorrow’s leaders, which is why we believe that there should be no limitations on their ambitions, either professionally or personally.

Traditionally, boys and girls in Britain have been educated separately and successfully. The move to co-education was supported by research undertaken in the 60's and 70's into how boys and girls thought and learnt. At that time it was thought, quite simplistically, that the academic, social and emotional development of both sexes could be influenced in a positive way if girls and boys were treated in the same way at school.

More recent research, supported by scientific procedures, allows us to understand brain function, structure and organisation. It informs us that significant gender differences in the brain are present from before birth and influence the very way in which girls and boys think, learn and develop.

For an interesting and up to date view on the benefits of single sex education for both boys and girls click here

However, a single-sex education does not mean a single-sex life. Girls get plenty of the real world in the rest of their lives outside the school gates. Nevertheless, there can be big advantages in being able to separate business and pleasure.

In a single sex school, girls are offered many opportunities to explore the full range of their abilities, to hold positions of leadership and to compete strongly among themselves without the danger of gender stereotyping.

By the time girls are ready to leave school they have acquired better exam passes especially in vital subjects, higher self-esteem and greater self-confidence to achieve their highest at university and in their future careers. They are, without doubt, better equipped for a life in which they will be both career woman and mothers, balancing roles to an extent that few men must do.

To keep up to date with information about girls only education visit www.gsa.uk.com