Although Eltham College has accepted girls into its Sixth Form for more than 40 years, the society for which we prepare students has changed recognition in that time. In 2018, the College decided to become fully co-educational and, from September 2020, the College has accepted girls into its Senior and Junior Schools. Out School will become fully co-educational by 2024.
This academic year, we have accepted our first girls into Years 3, and 7 as well as Lower Sixth. The girls and boys in these years are already benefitting together from all that Eltham College has to offer as we prepare them for the changing and challenging world in which we live. This includes the outstanding academic teaching balanced with unrivalled pastoral care; the focus on individuals as part of a strong and caring community; and a superb wide-ranging choice of Music, Drama, Sport and co-curricular opportunities for girls and boys.
The overwhelmingly positive experience of our Sixth Formers over the past four decades suggests that welcoming girls into the school at younger age-groups will improve the educational experience for both boys and girls. Our commitment to academic excellence remains steadfast and our professional and highly competent staff are very experienced teaching in co-educational settings.
We are also investing in new and improved facilities to reflect a fully co-educational school and to support all our excellent academic and co-educational provision for the benefit of girls and boys. They can also rely on first-class pastoral care, keeping smaller form groups and adding a new form in each of Years 7-11 as co-education flows through rather than growing the size of current forms. We are also retaining and growing our invaluable house system and our recently-opened Foxbury Wellbeing Centre provides a focal point for pastoral care.
To read more about how Eltham College has welcomed girls for more than four decades and the fulfilling lives they have gone on to lead, click here.