At Bolton School, we understand that girls learn best when they feel cherished, understood and secure. In our friendly and respectful, single sex environment, girls of all ages and backgrounds are free to study and learn without feeling self conscious or worrying ‘what the boys might think’. Free from the distractions caused by social pressures, girls have the confidence to pursue the academic paths which best suit them, rather than making stereotypical subject choices. It is no surprise that single sex girls’ (and boys’) schools regularly dominate national League tables based on examination performance.
In a single-sex girls’ school, teachers can adapt their teaching styles to the girls’ preferred methods of learning. For example, as a general rule, girls like to work collaboratively and enjoy problem solving but they can be more self critical than boys. Confidence and security in the classroom are therefore essential to girls' success but teachers must also encourage them to push boundaries and take risks.
A girls’ school provides young women with a wealth of female role models, whether peers or older girls and members of staff. This helps them develop their own leadership skills and gives them the expectation that one day, they will be given responsibility and authority.
Girls at Bolton School learn to compete within a supportive atmosphere and to celebrate their own and others’ successes. They leave as confident, articulate young women who are going to go out into the world and make a difference.
The main difference I have felt changing from a mixed sex to a single sex learning environment is the environment itself. The environment is a lot more friendly and caring, making learning more comfortable and fun. I think this is due to the fact that the learning styles and teaching techniques promoted in single sex school are different. There is more collaborative learning between the students here at the Girls' Division which appeals more to girls than to boys and helps us with our learning, being able to discuss and work through problems. The attention in class is also more balanced, rather than there being boys distracting the class and being told off by the teacher, the girls are given the chance to "get on with it" and receive help when needed without the distraction of the boys.
Charlotte, Year 12
Further reading: a Guardian article on how girls prosper in single-sex schools