Girls’ schools celebrate the female perspective, valuing girls’ opinions and allowing girls the time and space to discover who they are and what they are capable of. It is important in the modern world that girls feel that women can be leaders and be inspired by them. Girls’ schools enable our girls to grow and mature at their own pace, away from the pressure of feeling they need to conform to social stereotypes. At Manor House School, we provide strong female role models for our girls and build self-confidence so that when our pupils step out into the world they have the self-belief to follow their dreams and aspire to be the best person they can be.
There is a wealth of educational research that demonstrates that girls achieve higher examination results in single-sex schools. The annual league tables are dominated at the top end by girls’ schools but it is not only the brightest girls who do better than expected. Examination results analysed by the DCSF show that girls in Girls’ Schools Association schools achieve better results than girls and boys in either co-educational or boys only schools, whether state or independent.
Academic success through external examinations is an important consideration for any parent but is only one aspect of the benefits of a girls’ school. Self-confidence is the key to turning skills and knowledge into success.
At a girls’ school, pupils can learn and grow because they are free to express their thoughts and opinions without fear of putdown or dismissal. In a co-educational school boys can dominate interaction at the expense of the girls. Girls’ schools provide a setting where girls hold all the positions of responsibility; all the scientists are girls; all the mathematicians are girls. There is no subject area or activity at a girls’ school in which girls do not excel. This undoubtedly leads to a “can-do” attitude.
As girls mature and develop a natural interest in boys, school can remain a place where learning is paramount. Girls remain free to display their intelligence and curiosity rather than worry about boys’ perception of them. Girls retain their childhood for that little bit longer, which is not always possible in a co-ed environment.
The time from Year 9 to Year 11 (ages 13 to 16) are crucial years for development physically, mentally and emotionally. Leadership opportunities are given to a wide range of girls with Year 11 girls being elected prefects and Year 9 girls leading our annual House Arts event. The Supportive Friends team offer support and guidance to younger pupils; Year 11 girls provide caring role models for our Pre-Prep girls.
An all-girls school is a safe environment for your daughter to grow in her own way and in her own time. Here our girls leave Year 11 confident and assured in whom they are, having played a full role in our community.