Brentwood School exemplifies the Single Sex Diamond Model
In accordance to new statistics, Brentwood School's unique methods show great results
The ongoing debate of whether girls and boys should be taught together or separately has recently gained momentum, with new statistics showing that single-sex schools get better exam results than those in mixed schools. The BBC
revealed that "In mixed schools, 55% of pupils got five good GCSEs including English and Maths, while in single-sex schools the proportion was 75%."
Parallel to these new statistics, Brentwood School
in Essex offer a unique method of single sex schooling. At the forefront of independent education, Brentwood School has become renowned for its rare schooling system called the Diamond Model, which means boys and girls are taught together until the age of 11, separately from 11-16, and together again in the Sixth Form. They are only 1 of 13 schools in the country that apply this method and say this it has great benefits for pupils.
As a result, the Diamond Model used at Brentwood School has gained some great results. Reporting on Brentwood School, the Yellow Advertiser
noted: "No fewer than 17 students received ten or more A*s, (up from 10 last year) and 33 students received all A*s or As, bucking the national trend for top grades". With the general acknowledgement that girls and boys have different learning styles and different interests, particularly through the adolescent period, the Diamond Model could be the best option for pupils and teachers.
According to Brentwood School, the Diamond Model allows teaching and pastoral care to be tailored more acutely and sensitively to meet the gender-specific needs of pupils. A single sex classroom structure from Year 7 helps pupils develop with peers going through similar changes – emotional, physical and social. It gives them space to focus on studies without peer pressure to perform in mixed classes. By the time they reach the Sixth Form, students have matured and established themselves academically. They can cope with a mixed gender class and become better prepared for life at university or work.