Co-education at Scots College
Since 2016 the Board have been working on the College’s Future Focussed Learning Strategy; ensuring each student at Scots College continues to receive a high-quality education, preparing them to successfully navigate the next steps of their education and futures in a continuously evolving world.
Upon careful reflection of this strategy and feedback from community consultation the Board have resolved to introduce co-education across the full College. This will commence in 2021 with places being offered in the Prep School as well as in Years 7 and 9 in the Middle School.
The introduction of co-education in the Senior School has been incredibly positive. A co-educational environment benefits boys and girls in an environment where students:
- Are provided with a quality education in a diverse and inclusive environment.
- Grow to become confident collaborating and expressing their views in the presence of members of the opposite sex.
- Learn from one another intellectually and socially
- Are better prepared for their futures, building the foundations for realistic and meaningful adult relationships
- Are equipped to take their place in a co-educational world
In Years 1 – 6, students will be learning together in a co-educational setting for all subjects. Providing a co-educational environment for these early years of education is part of providing students with an inclusive and diverse classroom. It will encourage students’ self-esteem, social skills and better prepare them for their next steps in education and the world outside the school gates.
The Prep School vision is, “to develop students who take ownership of their own learning, while developing the values and personal standards to successfully navigate the next stage of their education and beyond with distinction.” Learn more about our Prep School here
Enrolments in the Prep School will be carefully managed and we encourage families to begin the enrolment process as early as possible to ensure a place for their child.
The decision to begin with Years 7 and 9 in the Middle School is to focus on these Year Levels of natural enrolment in schooling. This will see full co-education introduced over two years. However should there be indications of demand from girls in Years 8 and 10 the Board will consider opening a class at these levels. This will be dependent on whether the College is able to effectively implement this change meet students’ educational needs.
Students in the Middle School Years 7-10 will follow the Diamond Model. This model sees students undertake their full year courses in a single sex environment and their option courses in a co-educational setting. We believe this model, particularly during these initial years of co-education, will provide these early adolescent students with a transitional pathway combining the academic benefits with the social advantages.
A fully co-educational College is the next step in our Future Focussed Learning Strategy and we believe this change will continue to enhance our educational offering for all students. The effects of increased globalisation and technological advancements have made it essential for students to develop the future ready skills and values of collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, communication, citizenship and character in an environment where diversity, empathy and resilience are valued.
Co-education in the Prep School (Years 1-6)
Co-education in the Middle School (Years 7-10)
Co-education in the Senior School (Years 11-13)
Read our future focussed learning, a fully co-educational College booklet
In addition to the decision to move to co-education the Board have resolved to set specific class size limits in the Prep and Middle School. For each class, these have been set at:
– Years 1-2 = 15 students
– Year 3 = 20 students
– Years 4-6 = 22 students
– Years 7-10 = 24 students
Although we will use our best endeavours, as we transition to this, we may not be able to precisely meet these limits in 2021 but are confident this will not have a material impact. There is no reduction in the number of spaces available to boys and students currently attending the College are guaranteed a place in the following year.
Once we reach the class size limit a waitlist will be developed and at some Year Levels if numbers allow we will consider opening an additional class.
Accessibility & Affordability
A growing roll allows for further investment in the curriculum and those delivering it. Together we strengthen the educational experience for all students, current and future, with the opportunity to develop staff numbers, support programmes, facilities and course options in all three schools.
Another advantage of a growing roll is that it assists us in remaining as affordable and accessible to as many young men and women as possible. This will see our community continue to grow locally, nationally and internationally. To further support this the Board have resolved to limit any fee increase for 2021 to a maximum of 2% and introduce a sibling discount to 10% for the second child and each child thereafter.
Sibling discounts cannot be used in conjunction with a scholarship.
Middle School enrolments for boys and girls from 2021 are now open.
Any families interested in enrolling their daughter in Years 8 or 10 are invited to register their interest with Middle School Principal Matt Allen via PA Sharon Hedges at firstname.lastname@example.org
Prep School enrolments are currently open and offers of place will be made after a tour and interview with your child.
Places are limited and we encourage families to begin the enrolment process as early as possible for the best chance of securing a place for your child.