Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why change now?

Guildford Grammar School is a leader in education in Western Australia, with a 120-year history of offering a well-rounded education for our students and instilling traditional values. We are committed to maximising the potential of each of our students, while encouraging them in the pursuit of...

2. Does the change mean single-sex schooling wasn’t working?

Not at all. Rather than a rejection of the single-sex model, it is a natural progression for us to extend our existing co-educational model beyond the primary years, which will enable our girls to finish their education with us right through to Year 12. Guildford Grammar School is proud of the...

3. Why are you not giving the whole school community a vote?

This decision has been made by the School Council – our governing body which includes representatives from all of our key stakeholder groups. The logistics of opening this question to a vote would be problematic — should it be confined to existing parents? Would students have a...

4. How will this change the School’s ethos?

In our conversations with parents, our community, and former students, we have found the things they value about the School include our commitment to the whole student, the unsurpassed level of care and support we extend to each boy and girl, and our focus on ensuring all Guildfordians feel...

5. Can I suggest something?

Of course. The decision — to extend co-education to Year 12 — has been unanimously made by the School Council. We will introduce girls initially to Year 7, Year 8 and Year 11 in 2018, and to all other Senior School years in 2019. By 2020, we expect to open enrolments to girls who wish...

6. Is there room for more students?

Yes. We are fortunate to have excellent existing facilities and a unique 100ha landholding, which affords us the opportunity to grow. Our ultimate aim will be to achieve an equal number of girls and boys through increased overall enrolment. We have the facilities and space to accommodate...

7. What enrolment numbers are you expecting?

Our School presently has enrolled about 1180 students, with our Preparatory School educating about 450 boys and girls from Kindergarten to Year 6 and our Senior School catering for 730 boys from Years 7 to 12, including 140 boarders. We have the capacity to increase our Senior School to...

8. Where will new students come from?

Just as our day boys come from across the city and our boarders from around our vast state and beyond, we expect our new girls will be drawn from a wide catchment. We know from our conversations with parents of girls that the cessation of co-educational classes after Year 6 has, at times...

9. How does moving to co-education affect the Houses?

We are fortunate to have a strong and supportive culture that revolves around our House structure, which become like families while our students are at school. Each House fosters community responsibility, camaraderie, independence and offers opportunities for leadership. We believe these Houses...

10. What will it mean for House sport?

Our expectation is that we will add new House competitions to reflect the arrival of girls in the Senior School, and these will be discussed with students and parents as part of our planning in months to come. For those competitions that are not sport-based, such as debating and chess, there is...

11. What will it mean for PSA sport?

We believe the co-curricular activities offered at Guildford Grammar School enhance opportunities for our students and are an important part of school life.   As a founding member of the PSA, we have engaged in this competition for many years and intend to continue to compete with our...

12. Will you have mixed inter-school sports?

The gender mix of school sporting teams is usually determined by the code, not the School. Many codes require girls to play separately from boys after they turn 12. If students were to request the option of mixed teams in other sports, we would need to consider this on a case-by-case basis...

13. How will the transition to co-education work?

Guildford Grammar School will be fully co-educational by 2019, with boarding facilities available by 2020. We will introduce girls into the Year 7, Year 8 and Year 11 classes in 2018 and in 2019 will have girls in all years, Kindergarten to Year 12. The rationale for the staggered entry is to...

14. What are you going to do with the uniform?

Guildford Grammar School has engaged a leading designer to work with us on developing a proposed uniform for Senior School girls, but as with many other details, we are open to community feedback on this topic. The school has asked R M Williams Executive Designer Jonathan Ward to design the...

15. How will you get the gender balance right in the classroom?

The School’s starting position for making decisions that affect our students is to offer choice where we can and meet student needs to the best of our ability. Once we know the likely numbers of girls we will see in Years 7, 8 and 11 in 2018, we will be in a better position to discuss...

16. Will you employ more female teachers?

We currently already have a good balance of teaching genders in the School, with a significant percentage of staff who have experience in teaching in co-educational and all girls’ school settings. As Guildford Grammar School grows, we will be looking for additional staff. As always, the...

17. How will girls’ boarding work?

Guildford Grammar School is planning to extend the option of boarding to our Senior School girls in 2020, and we believe this will be a powerful point of difference within our market. Perth presently has seven boys-only boarding schools, approximately 20 per cent of the total number in Australia...

18. Can I have a say in the way forward?

As co-education is phased into our Senior School, we are asking our community to raise any concerns, and to provide their input to supporting and preserving the best of our culture through and beyond the transition.  Questions, comments and concerns can be posted via this Feedback link on...

19. What was the rationale for the timing of the decision?

The Council made the final decision on  the evening of Monday, 28 November 2016, and it was announced to the School community on the morning of Wednesday, 30 November. At 8.00am the Headmaster briefed the teachers and staff for the first time. At 9.15am students were told at a whole school...

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