At New Hall, a Catholic independent diamond model boarding & day school in Essex, students are educated in co-educational classes up to age 11 and again at Sixth Form. However, from 11 to 16 they are taught in single-sex lessons.
The main benefits of the ‘diamond model’ and five years of single-sex teaching derive from the ability to tailor pastoral and academic provision more sensitively and expertly to the needs of young people going through the physical, emotional and social upheaval of adolescence. Young teenagers are liberated from the negative peer pressure of having to perform in mixed classes.
Gender stereotypes of subjects are also removed. Girls and boys follow an identical curriculum and do not learn to perceive subjects as being more suited to either girls or boys.