Co-Education

Nottingham High School

After more than 500 years of teaching boys, we became a co-educational institution in 2015. Here at Nottingham High School we are delighted to have welcomed girls in to the school, after the many years of planning it was extremely rewarding and exciting to finally make the move to becoming a co-educational school.

In many ways little has altered at Nottingham High School with the admission of girls; the fundamentals still remain. The many girls that have joined us, like all the boys before them, have joined a diverse, down-to-earth and academic community where intellectual curiosity is encouraged and all pupils are championed as individuals. Boys and girls here are treated with warmth and kindness, make lifelong friends and, ultimately, leave us, like previous generations, as well-rounded, confident and grounded young people.

The move to co-education is essentially about extending the opportunities and excellence, already in existence, to girls.

For us welcoming girls is a natural step, and one that has been some time in the making. Much research, thought and careful planning has gone into the decision to become co-educational, a move which will enable us to:

  • Open up the opportunities: of a Nottingham High School education to a wider audience
  • Enhance academic standard: the fresh perspective and moral compass each gender brings to an English or ethics of Science discussion, for example, can only add depth to the study of a subject 
  • Prepare pupils better for life: for the pupils will work alongside members of the opposite sex at university and in their workplaces in the future
  • Further enhance our staffing and facilities: the accompanying virtuous circle created of better resources and staff will only enhance what we can offer pupils and their families
  • Enrich the pastoral system: the sense of extended family that our house and unique tutor system gives pupils will be stronger still by including girls, ultimately aiding the mutual respect and understanding required for relationships throughout life
  • Build on our position of strength: excellent schools are excellent precisely because they continually grow and develop 

Our pupils benefit from an even balance of male and female teaching staff and the diverse community here works precisely because of mutual respect between pupils and an appreciation of the right attitudes towards race and sexuality.

We have built an additional Reception class and Junior School extension to meet the demand for places since becoming co-educational. Infant and Junior playgrounds feature more seating areas, a beautiful outside space for outdoor learning and the range of toys and books in classrooms have also been extended. We have a wide range of sports and activities, designed to help boys and girls play, support and compete with each other.