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Nottingham High School Head teacher, Kevin Fear, believes the decision to admit girls for the first time offers many 'exciting opportunities' for students.
Many parents dropping their boys off at the school, expressed shock and disappointment at the decision. There was no consultation with parents ahead of the decision and some said they had chosen Nottingham High specifically because it was boys only.
Research into the merits of single-sex education appears to be inconclusive. A study carried out in 2006 found no evidence that pupils in single-gender schools achieve better than in co-educational ones.
A boys school in Nottingham has made the decision to admit girls for the first time in its 500 year history.
Nottingham High School opened in 1513 and is one of the oldest schools in the Midlands.
The news was broken to parents and pupils after governors approved the move.
Headmaster Kevin Fear said:
It is important that the school reflects our 21st century society. The modern workplace sees men and women working alongside each other on equal terms and all universities are co-educational. It is increasingly anachronistic to educate boys and girls separately.**