St Edward’s has been fully co-educational for 20 years, and welcomed the first girl into the Sixth Form 35 years ago.


undamental to the nature of education is the premise that pupils are instilled with the skills, knowledge and thinking to advance the world around them. A good education system, therefore, works towards the creation of gender equality. It teaches tolerance for the opinions of others, whilst instilling the ability to positively challenge and change conventional wisdom.

“A strong reason for co-education is that separating children for a number of years means they will not be mixing and learning about each other.”

Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, Trinity College, Cambridge

Why co-education works for St Edward’s

  • Co-educational institutions can offer a better representation of wider society and its diversity, preparing pupils for the realities of the world of work.
  • Studying in a co-educational learning environment affords pupils exposure to female and male role models in staff and senior pupils. 

“We want our pupils to believe in themselves and in their capacity to do well in whatever field they choose.”

Matt Albrighton, Deputy Head Academic
  • Collaborative work in the classroom, activities and social settings provides the opportunity to learn from each other intellectually as well as socially.

Girls Talk – 20 years of Co-Education at St Edward’s

Twenty years on from the first girls arriving at the School, some girls currently at St Edward’s share some of their thoughts and experiences of co-education at the School:

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