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Pros and cons of all boys senior school after co-ed primary

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Pinkpinot Sat 07-Sep-13 16:18:29

This is a fair way off for us, but I have no idea what the general consensus is.
Ds's primary school has a senior school where i assume most of his friends will be going. There is a very prestigious boys school where ds could transfer. If the senior school results are similar, I can't see the benefit of the all boys school except for the name.

cathan Sat 07-Sep-13 19:14:33

I would say that it depends on the culture of the mixed school. My son attends a single sex secondary school because the other choice locally was not right for him. The emphasis there was all on sports (my son is not sporty) and it seemed that academic ability was not valued. There was also a lot of "macho" behaviour among the boys and an attitude of it not being "cool" to take studying too seriously which wouldn't have suited him. The school we chose to send him to is a good fit for him and he is very happy there. They also share lots of out of school activities with a local girls school so he doesn't miss out on that side of things. My advice would be to visit both your son's options in plenty of time and see which you feel would be a better fit for his personality and strengths. Also, talk to parents with children at both and see what they think. Hope this helps.

Mumzy Sat 07-Sep-13 19:25:51

There is usually a lot more male teachers in all boys schools and a lot more female ones in primary especially if co ed. it does change the feel of the school and boys have to be robust to cope well with this.

BlackMogul Sat 07-Sep-13 19:30:08

Mant state secondaries have specialisms and this may of interest when the time comes, eg performing arts, technology , languages etc. Boys schools can be great so I would see what suits him as a person and his abilities .

voddiekeepsmesane Sat 07-Sep-13 20:14:16

We have this problem. DS (year 5) is academic inclined not sporty at all. But both his father and me went to single sexed senior schools and feel we missed out socially. Really don't know what to do hmm

voddiekeepsmesane Sat 07-Sep-13 20:16:37

Sorry that hmm was supposed to be a confused

MuswellHillDad Sun 08-Sep-13 10:15:47

Also watch out for co-ed not being as co-ed as you think. Our local area has so many girls schools that the co-ed school is actually 75% boys. Not sure if that's a concern but it isn't something they advertise!

Vietnammark Sun 08-Sep-13 12:00:07

An interesting article on gender segregation:

Mintyy Sun 08-Sep-13 12:02:34

Sorry, I don't have time to read that whole link. Can you summarise?

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