With so many top London schools being single sex, the pros and cons of co-ed is one of the most debated subjects in education. Tatler Head of the Year, Sarah Thomas, of Bryanston (co-ed), and Elizabeth Hewer, Head of St George's (single sex), will guide you through the key considerations to help you choose what is right for your son and daughter.
The top schools tend to be single-sex schools, however some schools are being forced to become co-ed to survive - will this be detrimental to their results? This talk will look at the points for and against a single sex education and wheher it might be the right choice for your child and until what age.
Sarah Thomas read classics at Hertford College, Oxford, took her PGCE at King's, London, and came to Bryanston in 2005 after helping to run two of Britain's most successful co-ed public schools. She was deputy head at Uppingham for six years and before that spent 13 years at Sevenoaks teaching classics, housemistressing and heading the sixth form. During her 11 years at Bryanston Sarah has overseen a number of changes, including the development of an electronic version of Bryanston's distinctive chart system and the successful introduction of the IB to the sixth form. Bryanston has continued to thrive under Sarah's leadership and in 2015 the school was rated as excellent across the board by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).
Elizabeth Hewer has been Headmistress of St George’s since September 2016. She attended the all-girls King's High School in Warwick, going on to Jesus College, Cambridge to study Geography and later complete her PGCE. At Cambridge, she was Captain of the Cambridge University Women's Hockey Club, gained three full Blues for hockey and played for the British Universities. She also gained two Half Blues for cricket. She has taught Geography, coached hockey, netball and tennis, sung in choirs and led outdoor activities at Bedford School, Marlborough College and the Royal Grammar School in Guildford. Prior to joining St George’s, Ascot, Mrs Hewer spent 10 years at nearby St Mary's Ascot where she was a Geography teacher, Housemistress, Director of Studies and latterly Pastoral Deputy Head for 7 years. Outside St George's, Mrs Hewer is a Governor of a co-ed boarding and day school in Sussex and works with ISI as a Boarding Team Inspector.