Why girls only?
There are many advantages to girls being educated in girls’ schools where there are no expectations to fulfil traditional gender stereotypes in the subjects they study, the activities they participate in or the careers they pursue.
Girls hold every leadership position in girls’ schools – in the classroom, on the stage and on the sporting field. They achieve greater academic success, and are more confident and assertive in single-sex environments. They are also more likely to study in the areas of science, technology, engineering and maths, to pursue a career in these non-traditional areas, and to participate and perform at higher levels in sport and physical education.
In a learning environment, dedicated to girls and without competition and social pressure from boys, girls are free to pursue academic excellence in any area they choose. Single-sex educated girls receive a less gender-stereotyped development than co-educated girls and engage in more healthy competition and risk-taking – skills that are advantageous for leadership and life success.
Reproduced with permission from the Alliance of Girls’ Schools brochure Why a Girls’ School?
Further reading and research is available at www.agsa.org.au
Read article: 'Why girls' schools are streets ahead of co-ed' Loren Bridge, Executive Officer, Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia, explains the benefits of an all-girls education and why girls' schools continue to be streets ahead of their co-ed counterparts. (Daily Telegraph, 3 October 2017)