QEH sixth form will open to girls next year

May 05 2016
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QEH sixth form will open to girls next year

GOVERNORS at Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital School are delighted to announce that girls will be able to benefit from studying A Levels at QEH Sixth Form, from September 2017.

As part of the School’s ongoing development and investment in the future, and following recommendations made by the Senior Management Team, the Board of Governors unanimously resolved that the QEH Sixth Form, and only the Sixth Form, will become coeducational.

David Smart, Chair of Governors at QEH, said: “Our recent 425 th anniversary has inevitably been a period of reflection as well as future planning. QEH is consistently achieving high standards across all areas of school life: outstanding examination results, supportive pastoral care and a wide range of cocurricular activities. We have more boys attending the school than ever before and we are now pleased to be able to offer these opportunities at Sixth Form level to girls in Bristol.”

Headmaster of the School, Stephen Holliday, commented, “As a school we place great importance on preparing our students for the wider world, both at university and beyond, in which they will be working alongside members of the opposite sex. A coeducational Sixth Form, at an age when students of both sexes have developed the maturity to work well together, will ensure that all our students leave here well prepared for life beyond QEH.

“There are no plans to change the whole School from being single sex and QEH remains committed to the benefits of single sex education from ages 7 to 16. At this age, the needs of boys and girls are different, their learning styles vary and there are many benefits for boys to be educated as boys in a school that understands their needs and caters well for them.”

The 2017 coeducational Sixth Form is part of the long term development plan for the school and will be supported by further investment into the Sixth Form facilities over the next 18 months.

Current developments underway at the School include a new £3 million science and art building due to open this summer followed by the further expansion of music and technology facilities.

The School anticipates high demand for places. Students interested in applying for September 2017 entry should contact Mrs Carolyn Matthews for further information. A Sixth Form Open Evening will take place on Thursday 10 November 2016.