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Why Girls' Schools Work

We encourage our girls to take risks and create a safe space where they feel confident to do so.

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One of the many things which makes LHS, so special is the fact that we are an all-girls school. We know some parents can be curious as to how girls' schools work in practice: are there more friendship issues? Are girls confident to study with boys when they leave for University? Are girls’ schools just old-fashioned finishing schools? I can reassure you at LHS the answers are No, Yes and most definitely No!

As someone who has worked in both single-sex and co-educational schools, I would like to share with you some key differences, I have observed, which allow girls’ schools to work so well:

Girls’ schools are designed for girls. Everything from the uniform, to the sports on offer, to the opportunities your daughter has for leadership, are all tailored to what girls need. We create an environment, especially for girls which they 'own' and they love and thrive in it.

Girls learn differently. There are many studies to show that this is true. In a girls’ school, the teaching is 100% suited to girls. This tailored teaching improves results.

We are a member of the Girls' Schools Association (GSA). Girls who attend GSA schools achieve a disproportionately large share of the top grades in ‘difficult’ subjects. Bucking national trends, over 55% of girls at GSA schools take a STEM subject at A-level.

Just under two-fifths take Maths and just over two-fifths take at least one science. In Physics, for example, 13.4% of all entries from girls come from GSA schools, but they are awarded 25.9% of the A*s and 20.5% of the A or A* grades.

Girls are free to be themselves. LHS girls are not afraid to be themselves and to take risks. Whether they are trying something new, answering questions in class or taking on subjects traditionally seen as ‘male’.

Girls at GSA schools are more likely to study subjects such as Sciences, Maths and Languages. According to DofE data, they are:

  • 75% more likely to take Maths A-level
  • 70% more likely to take Chemistry
  • Two and a half times as likely to take Physics
  • Over twice as likely to study most languages.

We encourage our girls to take risks and create a safe space where they feel confident to do so. Without the judgement of boys, girls are active not reactive, and free to take part in extracurricular activities on their own terms. This builds their self-esteem and gives them a stronger idea of their own ability.

I am proud to say that our girls truly benefit from a tailored all-around educational experience at LHS and make friendships that truly last a lifetime.

Alan Whelpdale