Why a Girls’ School?


“Women are going to form a chain, a greater sisterhood than the world has ever known.” – Nellie. L. McClung


In choosing the best educational path for your daughter there are two key considerations:


  • The values and culture she will be immersed in
  • The potential educational outcome


Socially, emotionally and academically these are the years of her greatest potential and, arguably, her greatest vulnerability. Guidance is paramount. She has a lifetime ahead to stand alone with her choices; now is the time for her to stand on the shoulders of giants.



Culturally: Why a Girls’ School?

  • Female graduates of single-sex high schools also show higher levels of political engagement, greater interest in engineering careers, measurably more self-confidence in public speaking and a stronger predisposition towards co-curricular engagement. (Wyer, UCLA, 2009)


  • Girls in single-sex schools were less likely to be bullied than girls in co-ed schools: 1% of girls in single-sex schools experienced bullying compared with about 21% of girls in co-ed schools. (Johnson & Gastic, 2015)


  • Girls in single-sex schools were more likely to be gender nonconforming (e.g. participate in traditionally male activities) than girls from co-ed schools. “Single-sex schools emerge as a protective factor for female gender non-conforming girls”. (Johnson & Gastic, 2015)


  • A study in the US found many social and emotional benefits for girls who attend single-sex schools: More positive academic and behavioural interactions were observed between teachers and students in the single-sex schools versus co-ed schools. (Riordan et al, 2009)


  • A recent American report found students attending all-girls schools experienced higher levels of support from their classmates, teachers, and administrators. (Holmgren, 2014)



Culturally: Why St Cuthbert’s?

  • There are 44 major leadership roles available for Year 13 students, but every girl in their final year will be challenged to step up into their leadership potential.


  • A culture of connectedness via our unique pastoral support programme, designed to develop the whole girl and blossom her sense of identity, her values, her resilience and confidence.


  • 28 days at our remote campus Kahunui provides powerful challenge, personal insight and self-discovery for our Year 10 girls. They stride into their senior years without a shadow of a doubt that girls can do anything.


  • During the critical Senior School years, our girls are part of a programme tailored to meet the unique needs of the world they are navigating as young women. We cover elements such as career planning, women’s health, digital citizenship, financial life skills and many more.



Academically: Why a Girls’ School?

  • New Zealand research found that the likelihood of gaining University Entrance qualifications increased in girls only schools. (Shulruf, Hattie & Truman, 2007)


  • Graduates of all-girls schools show stronger academic orientations; they demonstrate higher levels of academic engagement, SAT scores, and confidence in mathematical ability and computer skills than co-ed graduates. (Wyer, UCLA, 2009)


  • New research demonstrates girls gain confidence with IT when boys aren’t around. A four-year study in Australia has concluded girls-only classes were more conducive to learning because girls were more willing to ask for help without boys present and were more confident and willing to try things out. (Fisher, Lang & Forgasz, 2015)


  • British research examining student performance data from 979 primary and 2,954 secondary schools concluded girls’ schools help counter gender stereotyping in subject choice. The research also confirmed girls in single-sex schools perform better than girls in co-ed schools. (National Foundation for Educational Research UK, 2002)


Academically: Why St Cuthbert’s?

  • A carefully scaffolded, girl-centred curriculum from Reception, designed to culminate in the senior years.


  • St Cuthbert’s has the highest weighted average of University Entrance passes in Auckland over the past five years (97% of school leavers).


  • 69 tertiary scholarships offered to our girls with a value of well over $1 million in 2016.


  • Unparalleled support to students needing extension and help. Five and seven weekly monitoring ensures intervention is swift and effective.