Critics of gender segregation, such as Richard Cairns of Brighton College in East Sussex, would argue that siloing teenagers is a recipe for relationship disaster in later life. Of course, this can be achieved in other ways outside school and acquired later in life too. In a coeducational school such as Brighton College, boys and girls learn together, converse together and grow into adulthood together.
Nothing could be more natural, nor more sensible. Are single sex schools better than co-educational schools?
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Sian concludes that there is no right or wrong answer — this is a personal and often a lifestyle choice. If you are struggling to make the decision between single sex and co-education and need guidance on selecting the best type of school for your child, please visit our Education Consultants page.
And that number is likely to fall further. Richard Cairns: mixed schools are much kinder places. Equally, when I speak to the heads of boys-only schools, they say that they welcome having the opportunity to focus on what works best for the boys in their care.
Sian also weighed up arguments about different learning styles and distractions by the opposite sex in co-ed schools. Filter by day or boarding schools, coeducational or single sex boys or girls schools as well as by age range such as prep schools, senior schools and sixth form.
They stress that good single sex schools provide plenty of extra-curricular opportunities for mixing with the opposite sex.