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The Benefits of a Girls School

Girls achieve better results in an all girls setting

At Kildare, we understand how to provide your daughter with an education that will enhance her confidence, resilience and success.

Research shows that single-gender girls’ schools achieve significantly stronger academic results than any other group in Australia.

We are committed to an all-girl learning environment where students are encouraged to take intellectual risks, and develop skills and knowledge that enhances their self-esteem, which in turn helps them to grow into confident young women.

Girls’ schools are specialists in girls’ education

The following benefits have been identified by the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia:

  • An all-girls’ school can create an atmosphere that counteracts the negative influence of mass media and its often negative depictions of women and girls.
  • Girls at single-gender schools enjoy not only equal opportunity, but every opportunity.
  • Girls are more willing to participate in class discussions, without being dominated by boys.
  • Girls can participate and achieve excellent results in subjects usually perceived to be dominated by males.
  • Girls prefer written texts and tend to be more interested in the emotional workings of literary characters.
  • Most girls prefer fiction and enjoy learning through narrative, with context to their learning.
  • In relationships, girls solve issues through dialogue, text messages and social networking sites whereas boys are more physical with their solutions.
  • Girls hear better and are more sensitive to angry, loud voices.
  • Teaching girls using an approach which recognises these gender differences, enables girls to live up to their full potential and be comfortable being themselves.

Girls’ schools are ‘can do’ environments

  • Girls in girls’ schools achieve significantly stronger academic results than any other group in Australia.
  • Girl-centred learning leaves no doubt about who receives the teacher’s full attention, or who will be taking maths, science, STEM and ICT classes.
  • There is a greater sense of connectedness – listening, helping and accepting others’ points of view.
  • All the leadership roles are filled by girls. 
  • In girls’ schools, girls see strong female role models, and are encouraged to achieve successful outcomes from their own efforts.
  • All activities are open to girls - they participate, influence and lead.
  • In an all-girl classroom, girls take on all the roles in the group, providing an atmosphere where students take the risks necessary for genuine achievement.
  • Girls thrive and excel in collaborative teams.
  • Teachers can match their teaching to the way girls learn and develop their courses to suit their needs.
  • Girls can work through the challenges of adolescence without fear of embarrassment or harassment.
  • Girls can develop their relationships in a supportive environment.
  • Girls are able and encouraged to explore a career in any area.
  • Girls’ achievements are celebrated.

For the latest research on the benefits of girls education visit the Alliance of Girls Schools Australasia www.agsa.org.au.


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