Elstree School in Berkshire is delighted to announce that it will become fully coeducational from September 2020.
Announcing the decision, Headmaster Sid Inglis said: “I am delighted to be leading one of the most exciting transformations in the history of Elstree. It has become clear in recent years that both our current and prospective parents are looking for a family focused school: one that offers the same opportunities and ambitions for their daughters, as it does for their sons.”
The decision, taken by the Headmaster and his wife, is backed by Elstree’s Governing Body and senior staff, following several years of discussions and planning.
Sid Inglis explained: “After an intensive period of strategic research and planning over the last two years, not to mention the numerous enquiries Olivia and I have received about coeducation, we have decided that now is the most appropriate time to consolidate our strengths to embrace the modern world.”
As of September 2020, girls, as well as boys, will be able to receive an Elstree education from 3 to 13. It will be a gradual transition, to ensure class sizes stay small, staff to pupil ratios remain low, and to retain Elstree’s intimate and personal community-centric/family atmosphere.
James Sunley, Chairman of Governors said: “Parental demand for coeducational schools is on the rise as the challenging logistics of dropping off and collecting children and siblings from different schools becomes a reality. Apart from it being more convenient for families, by Elstree becoming a fully coeducational school, it will enhance social and emotional development, and prepare our pupils for their lives well beyond their time at Elstree.”
While Elstree already accepts boys and girls from Nursery (aged 3) to Year 3 (aged 7), the transition to a fully coeducational environment will be staggered over a period of six years.