A Diamond Model School
In 2018 Leweston will welcome the first Senior boys into Years 7 and 8, when the boys reach Year 9 in 2019 the School will introduce a ‘diamond model’ making Leweston only one of 17 schools in the country, and the only one in the local area, offering a structure which combines the academic benefits of single-sex education with the all-round advantages of co-education.
What is a diamond model?
The diamond refers to the ‘shape’ of the educational experience. Boys and girls start their learning together in fully co-educational classes up to Year 8. From Year 9 to Year 11 they are then taught separately in Maths and Science, but join together for other subjects, clubs and enrichment activities. Sixth Form is again co-educational in preparation for the world of higher education and work.
Why choose the Diamond Model?
The diamond structure allows for tailored learning and delivery techniques for boys and girls at a key stage in their development. It has been shown that boys and girls learn in different ways in their pre-teens and, therefore, can benefit from different teaching styles and environments. Small classes focus on individual needs and support both girls and boys in being less self-conscious in the classroom.
Rather than increasing gender divisions the diamond model breaks down the stereotyping of subjects as being seen more suited to girls or boys encouraging girls be active in science and boys into the humanities and creative arts.
ISC Data published in 2016 revealed that GCSE performance for girls and boys is higher in a diamond model environment rather than a fully co-ed one. 96.4% of girls achieved 5 A* – C grades compared to 89.7% in co-ed and 97.8% of boys achieved A* – C grades compared to 87.6%. There was no difference in attainment at A Level.
There are a number of informative articles easily found online and Leweston featured in the 2017 Telegraph article about the merits of this type of education.