Co-education at Colfe’s
In September 2018 Colfe’s entered its twentieth year of educating the girls and boys of south-east London. Originally founded by Abraham Colfe in 1652, the school’s long history as a boys’ school changed forty years ago with the introduction of girls to the sixth form and for the past twenty years it has been co-educational with girls throughout the school from ages 3-18.
Through its award-winning pastoral care programmes, the school makes a particular focus on preparing pupils for real life, not just for exams. Developing the personal and social skills they will need in their home life and their careers, from teamwork and mentoring to budgeting and planning.
Headmaster Richard Russell says “Real life is co-educational and we think school should be too. Colfe’s is a school that replicates society at large and prepares its pupils to make the most of their lives in the future. Although we have been fully coeducational for 20 years we are not complacent. The coeducation committee, comprising both teachers and pupils, meets regularly with the belief it is possible, within the controlled environment of the school, to confront the sexism and discrimination which continues to thrive in the less advanced corners of society.”
Watch our video to see how boys and girls are educated together every day at Colfe’s…