Grammar school could admit girls once more
Dr Challoner’s proposes to end single sex education
AFTER more than 50 years of single sex education, a prestigious grammar school plans to admit girls in the sixth form from September 2016.
The governing body of Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, in Chesham Road, Amersham, has launched a consultation on admitting girls to the school’s sixth form.
Headteacher Dr Mark Fenton said: “We are excited about the prospect of opening up our sixth form to girls.
“We now have world-class sixth form facilities to go with world-class teaching and we want girls as well as boys to have the chance to benefit.”
The distinguished grammar school was co-educational between 1905 and 1962 and the governors believe that it is time to bring back girls into the sixth form.
Deputy school captain Ben Reiff said: “I think it’s a brilliant idea.
“It will provide the students with a school culture similar to that of a university and this will be a great help to those who go on to make that transition.
“There certainly won’t be any complaints from the boys.”
The school believes that moving to a co-educational sixth form will attract students to the school who are interested in studying a wide range of A-level subjects and that this will help them retain a broad and balanced curriculum for all the sixth formers, boys and girls alike.
The school is still committed to the benefits of single sex education for 11-16 year olds.
the sixth form should prepare students for their working lives.
The draft admissions policy, which is out for consultation until January 23, sets out the school’s intention to offer places to 45 students joining the sixth form in September 2016. At least half of these places will be offered to girls.
Details of how to take part in the consultation can be found on the school’s website at www.challoners.com.
‘BRILLIANT IDEA’: Dr Challoner’s headteacher Mark Fenton and deputy school captain Ben Reiff