|7 Jan 2020
|Elizabeth College Now
Elizabeth College has announced that, from September 2021, it will become a co-educational school throughout, welcoming girls as well as boys from the age of 2 ½ all the way through to 18.
The Board of Directors have decided to make this move to fully co-educational recognising the needs of contemporary society and building on both our well-established co-educational offering in the Junior School and the positive impact of the twenty-year Sixth Form partnership with The Ladies’ College.
Girls will be able to join Year 7 and Year 12 in September 2021, with a view that the school will be entirely co-educational by 2025. The Junior School has been co-educational since 2008.
Principal of Elizabeth College, Jenny Palmer, said “We are delighted to be making this announcement and excited to be able to offer families with both girls and boys our unique Elizabeth College education. Our aspiration is that everything that parents and pupils currently enjoy about Elizabeth College – the outstanding teaching, excellent pastoral care, focus on individuals and superb co-curricular opportunities – will continue and indeed be enhanced by a fully co-educational environment.”
"We have seen first-hand the benefits of co-education with clear social, cultural and academic advantages stemming from girls and boys working together in and outside the classroom. We will offer the opportunities of an education at Elizabeth College to girls and provide a route through to secondary education for all our Junior School pupils, as well as welcoming girls from all of the island primary schools."
The Very Reverend Tim Barker, Chair of the Board of Directors, said “We have seen that parents are increasingly looking for a school which can serve both their daughters and sons, from the preschool all the way through to Sixth Form. This change continues the traditions of Elizabeth College in serving the whole of the Guernsey community and means that brothers and sisters will be able to enjoy together the excellent, broad and stimulating education on offer here.”