St Edward’s has been fully co-educational for nearly 25 years, and welcomed the first girl into the Sixth Form over 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.

‘For the development of emotional intelligence in our increasingly integrated and complex society, co-education has never been more important.’

Alastair Chirnside, Warden

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. 
  • Collaborative work in the classroom, activities and social settings provides the opportunity to learn from each other intellectually as well as socially.
  • It is an approach that we also bring to the Boarding House structure, with both male and female staff in each House, which will be developed further with the opening of a new co-educational House in 2020.

Co-Education at St Edward’s in our own words

Current pupils and staff give their personal perspectives on what co-education brings to Teddies:


Co-education offers genuinely collaborative working practices reflective of the world of work young people will enter.
Matthew Albrighton, Deputy Head Academic
Teddies is a well rounded school. We're all encouraged to follow our own path here.
Current pupil
I would say that boys and girls are probably more conscious of their image in front of each other but it's part of life so we may as well get used to it.
Current pupil
Co-educational environments can facilitate more dynamic discussions. In English for example, responses to a text have the potential to be enriched with both male and female perspectives
and reactions. This often results in more vigorous debate, humour (an important factor) and a greater
understanding of the intellectual position of the opposite sex.
Milly Pumfrey, Head of Shells
School has a fundamental role in helping to shape the attitudes of young men and women to each other in a way that is mutually beneficial, because to do so they have to learn about each other.
Fergus Livingstone, HM, Cooper Lodge
My brother is at an all boys school and he is completely freaked out by girls!
Current pupil

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