The ancient Greek philosopher, Plato, said that Co-education creates a feeling of comradeship.
He advocated teaching of both the male and female sexes in the same institution without showing any discrimination in imparting education.
In western Europe, coeducation was first introduced at the urging of Protestant groups who wanted both girls and boys to be able to read the Bible.
The Quakers helped to promote coeducation in the British colonies.
The Scottish Dollar Academy claims to be the first coeducational boarding school in the UK (in 1818).
In the 1960s, many Western countries shifted to coeducation. schools made coeducation mandatory in public schools.In academic terms it should be noted that both boys and girls at the Cathedral School attain the same distinction in terms of examination results: the percentage of A*/A grades at GCSE here is equally high for both genders, indicating that neither gender is disadvantaged by the other, in fact the reverse is true, both are enhanced by the presence of the other.Advocates of single-sex schooling sometimes make hefty claims about the academic advantages of such schools, pointing to statistically significant disparities in examination results.here are no overriding advantages for single-sex schools on educational grounds.Studies all over the world have failed to detect any major differences.' - Professor Alan Smithers, director of education and employment research at the University of Buckingham.In truth such differences may be due more to the socio-economic background of the pupils at the school or the selectivity of the intake.In our own situation, the Cathedral School proves that co-education can be extremely successful academically, and with all the social and personal development advantages too.In a co-educational school both the female and male perspectives will be explored in such discussions and this is a very important learning experience for all.In so doing they learn that 'equality' does not mean 'sameness' - that men and women often have different perspectives on the same issues and that each approach has a great deal to offer the other.A co-educational school is also very successful in challenging sexist attitudes.Many subjects in secondary school allow for considerable classroom discussion and debate.