St Margaret’s School for Girls is the only school in the north of Scotland catering exclusively for girls. St Margaret’s offers a well-rounded, first-class education to girls of wide-ranging abilities. The school is building links with St Margaret’s schools worldwide and offers to each girl the opportunity to be fully prepared for playing a leadership role in society. The Girls’ School Association represents the Heads of the leading independent girls’ schools in the UK.
Why a Girls’ School?
Girls’ schools build confidence, assertiveness and the ability to shape and voice girls’ own opinions. There are positive role models, with many women leaders.
Research proves that girls learn best when they can feel confident, competent and happy.
For girls, the emotional atmosphere in the classroom must be right to ensure good progress. Teachers at girls’ schools can focus on this.
Teamwork, motivation, partnership and multi-tasking, which are all recognised as key strengths of girls’ schools, encourage girls to become successful leaders capable of juggling many tasks at once.
Girls want to do well. They respond positively to being treated as individuals. Teachers in girls’ schools play a very important part in encouraging high expectations.
Girls’ schools produce leaders, rather than followers. Tessa Jowell (a former St Margaret’s pupil), Esther Rantzen, Dame Stella Rimington and Anita Roddick all attended girls’ schools.
Fifth and Sixth year girls in GSA schools are almost twice as likely to take physics and chemistry A Level or Higher as girls in a co-educational school. 80% more girls continue with modern languages and 70% more with mathematics. These subjects are particular strengths of GSA schools. Research shows that boys ask most of the questions in mixed-sex science lessons and take charge of apparatus in practicals.