The benefits of single-sex schooling

Here at Cumnor House School, we are proud to offer single-sex schooling for both boys and girls. We believe it is truly the best way for pupils to reach their full potential and achieve academic excellence.

From our humble beginnings with Cumnor House School for Boys in 1931 to the opening of our independent girls school at the beautiful Webb Estate in 2010, we believe we have created a stimulating and challenging environment that both boys and girls can excel in.

If you are still uncertain as to whether single-sex schooling is right for your child, here are some of the benefits our unique single-sex schools can offer.


A relaxing environment

Learning in a single-sex school enables students to achieve more, as we better understand their different learning needs. Boys and girls are more confident in themselves, able to participate freely in classroom discussions, and allowed a greater focus on learning and education.


Building Confidence

Boys and Girls tend to mature at different rates, which is less than ideal in a mixed school scenario. With our single-sex schools, both boys and girls can build confidence without comparisons being made between each other – giving them more room to focus on learning.


Participation In Non-Traditional Subjects

Our curriculum already gives our pupils a wide and varied outlook across a range of subjects, but both of our schools also allow for greater participation in more non-traditional subjects, such as cricket for girls and food technology for boys.

For girls education in particular, Professors Myra and David Sadker conclude in their book that girls leave more confident in single-sex schools because they are a place “where girls are the players, not the audience.”

At Cumnor House School, our motto “Be your best self” means that all of our students are challenged to build on their strengths and to have self belief in themselves towards all the subjects on offer.




Academic excellence

Our academic results speak for themselves; both boys and girls from years 1-6 are achieving well above the national average.

Don’t just take our word for it though. A 2001 study found that girls performed far better in single-sex classrooms than mixed ones, regardless of ability or socioeconomic status. This also applies to our Reception classes; 93% of our Girls’ Reception classes and 94% of our Boys’ Reception classes are performing well above the national average of 71.5%.

If you’re still unsure whether Cumnor House School is right for your child, why not come and visit us on one of our upcoming open mornings? We would be delighted to welcome you and help answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, you can give us a call by visiting our contact us page.

020 8660 3445