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A private girls’ school which recently celebrated achieving some of the strongest GCSE results in Suffolk welcomed boys across the school for the first time on Wednesday 5th September.
Boys have joined Ipswich High School (previously Ipswich High School for Girls) throughout the Prep School and Sixth Form as they move towards becoming a co-educational via the ‘Diamond Model’ of education.
This diamond approach is unique in Suffolk and offered at a small number of schools throughout the UK. Girls and boys are taught together in early years education, are separately taught throughout their teenage years and are brought back together again in Sixth Form, appreciating that girls and boys learn differently. The Diamond Model provides the opportunity to combine the academic benefits of single-sex education with the social advantages of co-education.
Oona Carlin, Head at Ipswich High School commented: “We are delighted to have our first cohort of boys join the school this morning. Since we announced that we are becoming co-ed, there has been huge interest from parents of boys, particularly those who see value in our ‘best of both worlds’ diamond model approach. We truly believe the school’s ethos, teaching and enrichment programme will benefit boys as much as it benefits girls.”
The school has enrolled 16 boys today, four into the Sixth Form and 12 into the Prep School. Boys will be joining Year 7 in the Senior School from September 2019.
She added: “We are extremely confident and very excited about this new era. The ‘Diamond Model’ is much acclaimed and I feel very strongly that this is a great opportunity for our pupils, for their learning and development, and for the potential, it grants us in terms of ongoing development of our teaching methods, our already outstanding facilities, and our wider learning and social environment.”
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