Gram­mar school could ad­mit girls once more

Dr Chal­loner’s pro­poses to end sin­gle sex ed­u­ca­tion

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Laura Mowat laura.mowat@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

How­ever,

it

be­lieves

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.

Photo by Chris Berry www.buyapho­totms.co.uk NL201411234

‘BRIL­LIANT IDEA’: Dr Chal­loner’s head­teacher Mark Fen­ton and deputy school cap­tain Ben Reiff

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