Why Girls Only?

Why Girls Only?

Based on educational research and our experience, we know that single-sex education offers girls the greatest chance to ignore stereotypes, develop strong self worth and grow in confidence.

In a co-education classroom, boys take up more than two thirds of a teacher's time. We make no apologies for giving girls our undivided attention.

Our learning environment is tailored to their needs and interests, and without the boys, girls show fewer inhibitions and take more risks.

Girls take on all the leadership roles and are surrounded by strong female role models. Young women graduate from a girls' school not only ready to take their place in the world as a person of equal intellectual stature, but also knowing that they are capable of running the show.

Studies have shown that girls in single gender schools are more likely to have:

  • Higher participation in physics and upper levels of maths courses
  • High occupational status in terms of acquiring leadership roles
  • A stronger sense of capability in maths and science courses
  • Higher achievement test scores
  • Significant differences in positive attitudes towards science and maths
  • A decrease in stereotypical views
  • More student-teacher interaction and increased focus on class work
  • More engagement during science and maths classes.
(Lee & Lockheed, 1990; Stables, 1990; Steinback & Gwitzdala 1995; Watson, Quatman & Edler, 2002; Rowe, 2003) - reproduced with permission from the Alliance of Girls' School brochure "Why a Girls' School?"

Other research and articles

What do girls' school do best? National Coalition of Girls' Schools, Aug 2013

Girls' school graduates have the edge over their co-ed peers, article by the National Coalition of Girls' Schools, April 2009.

Grads of all-girls schools show stronger academic orientations than coed grads, UCLA article, 19 March 2009.

What is different about the girls' school experience? A research article from the National Coalition of Girls' Schools.

VCE marks reveal a gender divide, Herald Sun, 18 December 2008 

Looking at both sides of the gender question in schools, The Age, 9 November 2008

Why choose a girls’ school? Data from a Research Report commissioned by the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australia (2008)

Why Gender Matters - Website of psychologist, doctor, author and founder of the American National Association for Single Sex Public Education, Dr Leonard Sax

mydaughter.co.uk - Information, expert opinion and advice on raising girls from the Girls' Schools Association, UK