St Margarets’ School in Bushey is to see its biggest change in over 200 years as it plans to educate both girls and boys.
The governing body for the all-girls boarding school made the strategic decision to move to a co-educational setting for all age groups by 2022.
St Margaret’s was originally established as a co-educational environment back in 1749 celebrating the education of both boys and girls together as equals before it evolved into single sex education in 1812.
Drawing upon its varied history, this vision remains ever more relevant today as the school continues to prepare children to confidently take on the challenges of life together as young men and women in the modern world.
Judith Fenn, Chairman of the Governing Body at St Margaret’s School commented: “Co-education provides daily opportunities for nurturing mutual respect and understanding between genders as they learn together and socialise respectfully, co-operatively and collaboratively.
“We are looking forward to bolstering our already proven track record of academic success in public examinations and to supporting girls and boys as they move onto competitive courses at leading universities both here in the UK and globally.”
Headmistress, Rose Hardy added: “The world is co-educational and mixing boys and girls together in the classroom simply reflects the reality and the diversity of our society today. St Margaret’s has always encouraged a spirit of diversity at its core and now is the ideal time to integrate both genders into the fold so it’s a natural progression.”
Alongside the modernisation of its curriculum, over the next two years the school will be investing heavily in its academic, co-curricular and boarding facilities, not to mention providing a rich programme of extra-curricular activities.