Girls Are in a Class of Their Own at A-Level; Exam Research Shows Why Single-Sex Schools Are Better for the Boys
Byline: SARAH HARRIS
GIRLS are outperforming boys at A-level in mixed-sex schools, research shows.
Boys continue to lag behind despite attempts to boost their performance in both state and independent schools.
And the gender gap is not restricted to 'sink' schools but also exists in the private sector and other good state schools.
The findings will reinforce the value of single-sex education as a way of dramatically boosting boys' results.
Overall A-level results show that boys at leading single-sex schools do just as well, if not better, than pupils at all-girl schools.
Researchers have broken down the A-level results of more than 1,200 schools in the state and independent sector by gender. The independent schools are either entirely mixed or have girls only in the sixth-form.
The figures show that at some mixed schools girls, who academics say are more likely to work consistently hard, are almost twice as likely to achieve A or B grade than boys.
In 71 per cent of the 122 independent schools surveyed, girls gained more A and B grades than boys in their 2004 A-levels.
In one in five schools, girls achieved more than 10 per cent better results than boys.
At Marlborough College, Wiltshire, which charges [pounds sterling]20,700 for boarders and is fully coeducational, 93 per cent of girls gained A and B grades compared to 73 per cent of boys.
And at [pounds sterling]11,000a-year City of London Freemen's School in Ashtead Park, Surrey, 81 per cent of girls gained A and B grades compared to just 47 per cent of boys. …