Westonbirt School has marked International Women's Day 2019 by asking students about the importance of gender diversity in the world and in the school. The #BalanceForBetter campaign echoes the changes that the school is currently going through as it transitions from an all girls' school with a 90-year history, to a co-educational model with boys joining in September 2019.
Enabling both girls and boys to develop, succeed and assert themselves with confidence and mutual respect is an exciting challenge which Head Natasha Dangerfield and the leadership team are ready to meet. The vision for Westonbirt co-education, built on a foundation of parity between the sexes, outstanding learning and a progressive approach to senior education, aims to be quite different from co-education created by admitting girls to a boys’ school. The on-site fully co-educational prep already has boys from the age of 3 to 11 years.
Natasha Dangerfield said: The success of the school is built on a clear understanding that learning must be tailored for every child. We do not believe Westonbirt is defined by the school's structure, nor by traditional concepts of what girls' education looks like. Our pupils thrive because the environment we have created allows us to respond to each student as an individual.
In our video, our students and staff consider the advantages of moving to a co-educational environment. Girls across the senior school are welcoming the move as our International Women's day video below shows.