Co-Education at Mayville High School

Mayville High School’s Headteacher and former pupil Rebecca Parkyn calls Mayville “one of the most unique schools in Hampshire.”


Core subjects - taught separately

It is this uniqueness that can be seen in the way we educate our pupils. Mayville has a two form entry from Reception to Year 11. Boys and girls are taught separately in the core subjects throughout the School because we believe it best meets their learning needs, which is in line with all the published evidence. We do this provided that the model of tuition benefits both girls and boys, we make sure the teaching is of equal quality and that outcomes are in line for boys and girls - in fact they are always better, with the amount of value-added quite staggering! There is much research which suggests that girls often learn better in single-sex environments in STEM subjects where encouragement can be given to participate well.

We have been doing this at Mayville since we first admitted boys to the school in 1994, and we are the only school in the area to adopt this method of teaching. Pupils however are taught in mixed groups for all other subjects. We believe it offers pupils the best of both worlds!

Pupils take advantage of the host of trips on offer such as our Camps International Expeditions to Borneo, Ecuador, Kenya and Cambodia, foreign trips to European countries such as France, German, Spain and Italy, an art trip to Barcelona, a camping weekend to the Hay Festival, the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme and the annual ski trip.