A school resembling the real world and preparing pupils for the real world in a real world scenario.
Fact: girls perform equally well in co-ed schools as they do in single sex schools: all the evidence supports this; but girls do outperform boys in all schools (based on national data and not on school specific data: at BCS there is no difference between the performance of girls and boys: we expect all our pupils to achieve at least one grade above their potential in every subject, irrespective of their ability).
Co-education encourages the development of a greater variety of coping strategies amongst pupils, thus preparing them far better for university and adult life. As they develop these skills in a more controlled school environment they are most likely to develop appropriate strategies rather than less appropriate ones that may be developed if they encounter the opposite sex for the first time post school.
Girls and boys help to raise standards of the opposite sex due to natural competition between the sexes.
In many areas, but most notably sport, music, art, technologies and performing arts we note that the different ways in which the sexes may tackle new challenges ensures that, as both boys and girls are present, the entire group progresses more rapidly and skill levels are enhanced quicker.
Co-ed schools better reflect the diversity of society and better prepare pupils to eventually enter the workforce.
Pupils feel comfortable about who they are and have a healthy and positive attitude and self-image. This self-confidence enables pupils in a co-ed environment to perform to the best.
Both girls and boys at co-ed schools have positive self-images, are socially well adjusted, and enjoy being challenged.
Pupils make friends easily with members of the opposite sex and that their peers are more likely to respect members of the opposite sex. Independent co-ed schools foster an environment that prepares pupils for real-world experiences and situations.