At Falcons Girls School, we believe that boys are great as partners, allies, and friends. We also know that boys and girls learn differently, which is why we focus on girls-only education from Reception to Year 6.
To get the best out of both worlds, we offer our girls a lot of opportunities for them to play and work with boys, particularly from the Falcons Boys Prep and the Falcons Boys Pre-Prep using regular playdates, joint 11+ preparation, and events such as drama workshops and a spelling bee.
Prior to the pandemic hitting in 2020, our Year 5 and 6 pupils were provided with the opportunity to expand their performing arts horizons. During a Music and Drama Workshop from the RHACC Theatre in Richmond, our budding actresses joined their male counterparts from Falcons Prep, and they explored the the iconic Shakespeare play, Romeo and Juliet.
The first Putney Spelling Bee was held in the summer of 2019. This followed three heats over two week with the finalists joining forces with the Falcons Boys. Girls and boys were paired up to compete against each other for a nail-biting ten rounds of spellings.They all demonstrated teamwork, determination, and grit.
11+ Group Interview Practice
Last year girls got teamed up with boys at Falcons Prep, and they practised for their upcoming 11+ interviews. They were split into Co-ed boys and girls groups and undertook three workshops. These included answers and questions sessions and team-building exercises to create towers out of sticks and marshmallows. Finally, there was a drama task where they had to decide in groups on the five things they would need if they stranded on the moon. This was an excellent opportunity to work with their male peers from another school to gain confidence in group interviews and situations.
By providing opportunities for girls and boys from different schools to work together in the classroom, they are able to gain new perspectives and make friends. Given that many girls-only shool pupils at prep level will go on to co-educational senior schools, this is a valuable time to help them have more confidence around males and gradually introduce them to their ways of learning.