Co-Education at KHS
In 2019-20, the Board of Governors considered 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, the KHS Governors unanimously approved a motion to become co-educational from September 2021.
The school has overseen a successful transition up to GCSE in recent years and we considered that whilst in a position of relative strength, it was the optimum time to expand our provision to girls as well as boys. There is a very convincing philosophical argument that girls should also be able to benefit from our supportive tapestry of all-round education, since this is a rare commodity in our vicinity, 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.
Pleasingly, we started with 20 girls on roll in September 2021, in spite of the backdrop of the pandemic, and have received significant interest throughout this academic year with approximately one in three visitors touring the school for their daughter. The integration of girls into the school has been a joy to behold and our carefully-planned programme of “Tea & Talk” events for girls and their parents has been hugely effective, popular and successful in its inception. Our broad objective is to secure a 1:3 ratio within five years without compromising the integrity of our overall structure and size, which are fundamental to the bespoke nature of an education at Kingswood House.
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 our remarkable school. In the meantime, please do register your interest with Mrs Zoe Ashton, Head of Admissions email@example.com or telephone 01372 723590.
I look forward to extending a warm KHS welcome to you and your family in the near future.