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Our Diamond model structure offers the academic benefits of single-sex learning with all the social benefits of a co-educational school. The best of both worlds.

In our Junior School and Senior School from age nine through to 16, girls and boys learn separately for core subjects. 

At Dame Bradbury's pupils are taught in co-educational classes for all subjects, before joining the Diamond model from age 11 onwards in Senior School

The best of both worlds:

  • Smaller classes allow us to focus on each child’s needs – building their education around them
  • Teachers can tailor learning and delivery techniques for boys and girls
  • Boys and girls are less self-conscious in the classroom
  • Our girls don’t think that science is ‘for boys’ and equally boys don’t feel that sensitivity is girly or that the Arts aren’t for them.
Girls Boys
  • Kindergarden to Year 4

    Fully co-educational

    Pre-Prep stage

    Up until Year 4 we are fully co-educational, with boys and girls taking all their lessons together.

  • Years 5 & 6

    Single sex
    Maths*
    English
    Science
    Humanities
    Sports

    Co-ed
    Clubs and enrichment
    All other subjects

    Dame Bradbury's School remains fully co-ed

    Years 5 & 6

    From Year 5, boys and girls enter single-sex classes for core areas, whilst continuing to mix in other subjects, plus clubs and enrichment activities.

  • Years 7 & 8

    Single sex
    All teaching classes

    Co-ed

    Clubs and enrichment

    Years 7 & 8

    In Years 7 and 8, girls and boys take single-sex lessons for all subjects, whilst continuing to mix in both clubs and enrichment activities. 

  • Year 9

    Single sex
    Maths*
    English
    Science
    Humanities
    Sports

    Co-Ed
    Clubs and enrichment
    All other subjects

    Year 9

    In Year 9 students learn in single-sex lessons for English, maths, science and humanities, but join together for other subjects, clubs and enrichment activities.

  • Years 10 & 11

    Single sex
    Maths*
    English
    Science
    Sports

    Co-Ed
    Clubs and enrichment
    All other subjects

    English, maths and science remain single-sex lessons in Year 10 and 11, whilst students join together for other subjects, clubs and enrichment activities.

  • 6th Form

    Fully co-educational

    6th Form

    Our 6th Form is fully co-educational, with boys and girls learning together in all subjects.

*Ability in mathematics to be taken into consideration throughout.

Our timescales

Our Junior School is now fully co-educational, with the Diamond model beginning in Year 5.

Boys will join Year 7 in our Senior School for the first time in 2017, and eventually the Diamond model will extend from Year 5 through to Year 11.

Our Pre-Prep, Dame Bradbury’s and 6th Form continue to be co-educational. Girls and boys at Dame B's are taught in co-educational classes for all subjects, before joining the Diamond model from age 11 onwards in Senior School

“...the excellence of the curriculum is a significant feature in the exceptional achievements of the pupils.”

 ISI Report 2014