Dating girls in law school
Durham University law graduate Alice Macris, who attended an all-female convent school, and then a co-ed sixth form, says that girls were actually nastier in a mixed environment.
“Surprisingly, when I moved to a mixed school at 16, I found the girls there a lot bitchier, perhaps because of the presence of boys and the perceived competition from other girls.” Katya Balen, 23, who attended co-ed Alleyn’s School in south London between the ages of five to 16, adds: “As puberty hit, everything started to get a bit Mean Girls, frankly.
Or does this Buzzfeed list of “23 signs you went to an all-girls school” sum it up – with wasps’ nests of “jolly” hocky sticks, and fixations on “SO DREAMY” male teachers being the norm? In 1966, there were 2,500; in 2006, there were just 400.
According to the Department for Education, there are currently 505 all-girls schools – state and private, primary and secondary all in.
But something makes me wonder when it comes to single-sex education if my mother made the right decision for me.
She attended Reigate County School for Girls in Surrey, where Tudor-style attitudes meant pupils weren’t allowed within three feet of the school wall, in case they talked to boys from the neighbouring grammar.
My generation has been driven to fixation on grades to such a point that we’ve forgotten this.They are incapable of having male friends, as they use boys to prop up their self-image and self-worth.Boys, in their mind, are there for them to flirt with and they judge their value on how many of them they can keep trailing around after them.” But Sam Summers, a 23-year-old PR executive, who went to the selective Ribston Hall High School for Girls, says that her education actually made it easier to adjust to the opposite sex: “Guys are very honest and easy to read – whereas girls have so many different sides.He tells me: “People have very strong views on single-sex education.
The research evidence is not strong enough to overturn deep-seated ideas – some people favour a co-educational environment, and some a single-sex setting.And even those in the maintained sector are often grammar schools – so again selective.