Why an all-girls’ school?

“I’ve taught in co-ed, all-boys and all girls schools. Without a doubt, the all-girl environment gives girls the absolute freedom to be who they are, without tension. Girls learn at an early age that anything is possible for them.”

Fiona Cottam, Head of Senior School and Deputy Principal

The simple fact is – girls do better in a single-sex environment. The evidence is clear.

87% of students in all-girls schools feel their voices and opinions are respected compared to 58% of girls at co-ed schools.

Girls in single-sex schools:

  • Are less likely to be bullied than those in co-ed schools
  • Are 77.3% more likely to learn better
  • Have improved self-esteem, psychological and social wellbeing
  • Have higher student participation and performance levels in Physical Education classes

Read more in-depth evidence via the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia and the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools.

With over 100 years’ experience in educating young women, at St Cuthbert’s we know and understand girls. We know girls thrive in a single-sex environment where they have the freedom to be themselves and have a go at anything without constraint. And we realise those benefits are more relevant today than ever before. That’s why St Cuthbert’s chooses to remain one of the few independent, all girls’ secondary schools in New Zealand.

The St Cuthbert’s all-girl advantage:

  • Specialist teachers: who recognise girls are more considered and self-conscious
  • Can-do attitude: where aspirations are not limited by gender
  • Academic performance: girls’ schools are leading the way in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
  • Students have a voice: at girls’ schools it is natural to speak your mind
  • Freedom: to give anything a go without fear of failure or embarrassment
  • Belonging: stronger friendships and deeper bonds forged as girls travel through life together
At St Cuthbert’s we know and understand girls

St Cuthbert’s Advantage