12,000

We have over 12,000 students, from over 100 countries, within one of the safest campuses in the UK

97%

97% of Lancaster students go into work or further study within six months of graduating

Home > Research > Publications & Outputs > Gender and school choice: factors influencing p...
View graph of relations

« Back

Gender and school choice: factors influencing parents when choosing single-sex or co-educational independent schools for their children

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Published

<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2005
<mark>Journal</mark>Cambridge Journal of Education
Issue2
Volume35
Number of pages17
Pages195-211
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

This paper explores factors influencing parents' choices of single-sex or co-educational schools in the independent sector. In doing so, it explores two relatively under-researched aspects of school choice by focusing upon gender and upon the middle classes. The paper draws upon research conducted in three independent schools—a boys' school, a girls' school and a co-educational school. Data were generated via questionnaires (225 responses) and semi-structured interviews (15 sets of parents). The findings suggest that the reputation and exam results of schools are key features guiding parents' school choices. However, whether a school is single-sex or co-educational is an important factor for many parents. Furthermore, the long-held view that single-sex education has advantages (especially academic) for girls, whilst co-education has advantages (especially social) for boys, still prevails.