Why a Girls' School

St Peter’s Girls is a firm believer that single-sex schooling is a significant advantage when it comes to academic achievement.

Research from around the world continues to show girls in single-sex schools are more confident in their studies, particularly in STEM subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

Our Principal, Julia Shea, is a strong advocate of single-sex education who says the benefits are clear.

“Single-sex schools influence girls to be more competitive and less risk-averse than in co-educational environments,” she said.

“These are vital traits associated with future leadership, career progression and personal development.”

The journal of the Alliance of Girls’ Schools outlines research that affirms what we at Saints Girls know from our collective experience about the advantages of gender-based education. The research demonstrated the following benefits:

  • Girls achieve highly in the middle years
  • Outstanding results in Senior School
  • Girls in single-sex schools are highly likely to enter university
  • Girls accomplish high results in individual subjects
  • Risk-taking and healthy competition
  • ‘Gender atypical’ subject selection

At St Peter’s Girls, we recognise that we do not live in a single-sex society. As such, our girls have many opportunities to engage in social and structured activities with boys throughout their school years. It is in their learning, confidence and social-emotional outcomes that they reap the benefits of single-sex education, cementing our School as a place for girls to flourish.