The Diamond Model 2018-04-23T10:44:38+00:00

The Diamond Model

The Diamond Model is a truly “best of both worlds’ scenario, which has become increasingly favoured by schools with similar backgrounds to our own. It is seen as an approach which not only gets the very best from pupils, but also from teaching staff, as they are able to tailor their professional techniques for girls and boys.

The model offers the benefits of the single-sex classroom for ‘pre-teen and lower-teen’ students, whilst gaining from the social benefits of a co-educational school. The Diamond Model recognises that, as girls and boys reach their teenage years, they approach their learning in different ways. Boys, for example, are more spatially aware, and girls have well-developed verbal skills. It is right, therefore, that as a modern educational institution, keen to deliver the best possible methods of teaching for our pupils, we should take this into account and shape our approach with this in mind.

Alongside the ability to tailor teaching, the Diamond Model also allows pastoral care to be focused on the gender-specific needs of the pupils. This system encourages pupils to develop positive and respectful relationships with the opposite sex.

Pre-Prep to Year 4

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

Years 5 & 6

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

Single-sex

Maths, English, Science, Sports

Co-educational

All other subjects, clubs and enrichment sessions

Years 7 & 8

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

Single-sex

Maths, English, Science, Sports, Performing Arts

Co-educational

All other subjects, clubs and enrichment sessions


Year 9

In Year 9 pupils learn in single-sex lessons for English, Maths, Science and Sports but join together for other subjects, clubs and enrichment activities.

Single-sex

Maths, English, Science, Sports

Co-educational

All other subjects, clubs and enrichment sessions

Years 10 & 11

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

Single-sex

Maths, English, Science, Sports

Co-educational

All other subjects, clubs and enrichment sessions

6th Form

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

A Proven Approach

Examination data collected by the Independent Schools Council (ISC) in August 2016 evidences the positive academic benefits for employing the Diamond Model of teaching in co-educational independent schools at GCSE.

For GCSE, for both girls and boys, a higher percentage of pupils gained five or more A* to C grades Girls 96.4% and Boys 97.8% compared to counterparts in fully co-educational schools. The ISC results at A Level indicate that there is no difference in the results for percentage of pupils achieving A*-C grades, regardless of which co-ed teaching model is followed.

The table below demonstrates how we intend to transition to a Diamond Model in the coming years:

Academic Year Pre-Prep and Prep School Senior School Sixth Form
2017 – 2018 Girls Only Girls Only Girls Only
2018 – 2019 Pre-Prep – Year 4 – Co-ed
Years 5 and 6 – Co-ed Diamond
Girls Only Year 12 – Co-ed
Year 13 – Girls Only
2019 – 2020 Pre-Prep – Year 4 – Co-ed
Years 5 and 6 – Co-ed Diamond
Year 7 – Co-ed Diamond
Years 8 to 11 – Girls Only
Fully Co-ed
2020 – 2021 WPP – Year 4 – Co-ed
Years 5 and 6 – Co-ed Diamond
Year 7 and 8 – Co-ed Diamond
Years 9 to 11 – Girls Only
Fully Co-ed
2021 – 2022 WPP – Year 4 – Co-ed
Years 5 and 6 – Co-ed Diamond
Year 7 to 9 – Co-ed Diamond
Years 10 and 11 – Girls Only
Fully Co-ed
2022 – 2023 WPP – Year 4 – Co-ed
Years 5 and 6 – Co-ed Diamond
Year 7 to 10 – Co-ed Diamond
Year 11 – Girls Only
Fully Co-ed
2023 – 2024 WPP – Year 4 – Co-ed
Years 5 and 6 – Co-ed Diamond
Fully Co-ed Diamond Fully Co-ed