Co-Education at KHS from September 2021
Dear Prospective Parents
Thank you for your interest in Kingswood House and I am pleased to write with news of an exciting development that I trust will inspire your close attention.
The Board of Governors has been considering with great care the potential for a move to co-education. As a part of the consultation process, we received overwhelmingly positive feedback from key stakeholders in the school as well as further endorsement by a leading educational consultant. Consequently, I am pleased to announce that KHS Governors unanimously approved a motion to become co-educational in September 2021.
The school has overseen a successful transition up to GCSE in recent years and we consider that whilst in a position of relative strength, now is the optimum time to expand our provision to girls as well as boys. There is a convincing philosophical argument that girls should also be able to benefit from our supportive tapestry of all-round education and that their presence will augment the learning environment for boys. Certainly, the social interaction will help fully prepare them for the challenges of life beyond the school gate, which is one of our major objectives. Equally, the strategic initiative is compelling – where else can local families find a school like KHS? We are really quite unique.
Importantly, whilst the business case for co-education is certainly apparent in terms of opening our doors to all of the population, the rationale behind our reasoning is fundamentally driven by non-commercial factors.
I am sure you are aware of the rare alchemy that KHS possesses in working with a broad range of children in a rounded, mainstream environment. We offer a great option for those pupils who may benefit from a smaller, more personal school, a little bit more time to reach their academic potential, or indeed those who simply need an injection of self-esteem.
However, we also boast an equally outstanding track-record of success with able, bright students. There is little doubt in my mind that many types of girl will flourish under our care here at KHS in the same way that our boys do.
For your immediate information, we will consider applications for girls and boys in all year groups up to and including entry into Year 7 in September 2021 with immediate effect. I advise prompt registration for entry into Year 7 as places will be limited. Interest in other year groups further up the school will be considered on merit dependent upon availability as well as the dynamic of each cohort. More details will be available at the start of the new academic year when we hope to run a series of Open Mornings and specific events at the school.
Naturally, it would not be my preference to make this announcement set against the backdrop of Covid-19 but with the possible admissions of girls to some year groups in just over a year’s time, we feel that there should be a realistic time-frame to market and prepare effectively.
I am aware that a move to co-education is not necessarily an easy one to navigate – but we believe that we have a distinct niche in the market together with the calibre of site and staff to make it work incrementally.
As ever, there really is no substitute for coming to visit us and speaking to key members of staff, as well as our pupils, in order to gain a feel for this remarkable school. In the meantime, please do register your interest with Mrs Helen Parker, Registrar, and I look forward to extending a warm KHS welcome to you and your family in the near future.