Why a Girls’ School?

Adcote is proud to be in membership of The Girls’ School Association (GSA). The GSA is the professional association representing the Heads of leading Independent Girls’ Schools in the UK.

Women are expected to balance many roles during their lives. Their paths to success require confidence, independence, the ability to lead, integrity and an instinct to achieve. Your choice of School for your daughter is therefore vital. These are some of the reasons we recommend that you consider a Girls’ School.

Academic Achievement

Single Sex Schools for girls dominate the top of the exam results league tables. Of course this doesn’t mean that individual children in Co-Ed Schools cannot match these results. They can and do. What it does mean is that Single Sex Schools for girls punch well above their weight when it comes to public exam results.

Girls and boys mature at different rates

Girls and boys mature at different rates. So, when it comes to learning, it makes sense to give each what they need in order for them to flourish. Your daughter can benefit from being in Schools that recognise these differences and provide an education geared specifically to her needs and developmental stage.


With only their fellow girls in the classroom and on the sports field, girls in Single Sex Schools have the space in which their intellectual and physical confidence can blossom. There is a tremendous freedom to be (and become) themselves and to fully explore all the education opportunities available to them.

Care and support

Every School claims to have excellent pastoral care. What’s different about Girls’ Schools is that we really do understand girls. We understand their friendship dynamics, their preoccupations and occasional silliness, and that some can be timid and overly concerned with being correct. This understanding means we can give the right kind of support and create safe environments in which girls feel comfortable taking risks and asking questions. As a result, they become more resilient and sure of themselves.

Opportunities – all of them!

In Single Sex Schools, girls don’t just enjoy equal opportunities, they enjoy ALL opportunities, whether it be in the arts, sport, science, expeditions, careers insights or other extra-curricular activities. We believe there should be no limitations on your daughter’s ambitions, professional and personal.

Girls learn to be leaders

There’s no hiding place in a Girls’ School – someone has to be Head of House, team leader and so on, and that someone has to be a girl. The girls of today could be the leaders of tomorrow and Girls’ Schools are wonderful environments for your daughter to learn not just how to shoulder responsibility, but also how to take risks and inspire and lead others. It’s a great preparation for her future career.

Freedom from stereotypes

One of the great benefits of an All-Girls School is that there is no gender stereotyping. Girls are leaders, they excel as much in Physics, Engineering and Design Technology as they do in English, Drama and Art, and they are free to pursue and achieve in every sport their School offers.

University entrance

Girls’ Schools have an excellent track record of helping their students gain places at the university of their choice.

Careers – a window on the world

Whether your daughter goes straight into employment or first continues her studies at university or college, Girls’ Schools prepare the way not only with pertinent knowledge but also with the resilience, confidence and freedom from stereotyping the all-girls environment inspires. We open girls’ eyes to possibilities and help them to take the practical and imaginative steps necessary to achieve their ambitions. Whatever she wants to be – aeronautical engineer, musician, doctor, retail manager, RAF pilot, fashion designer – it’s our aim to support and guide her. With so many arranging visiting speakers, partnerships with potential employers, colleges and universities, expeditions and exchange visits, and joint activities with girls and boys from other Schools, Girls’ Schools prepare your daughter for the many challenges of life in the real world.

Source: The Girls Schools Association (GSA)

Adcote School is listed on the GSA website