21st September 2020 — Elstree’s move to becoming fully co-educational this September has been a resounding success, with a total of 31 girls in the whole school, including 14 in the Prep.
The Elstree Pre-Prep has been co-educational since it was founded 25 years ago, yet now girls, like boys, can continue their Elstree education up to the end of Year 8. After a well-attended Discovery Morning earlier in the year, the cohort of pioneering girls in Years 3 to 6 are already positively contributing to Elstree’s fully co-educational status.
Headmaster Sid Inglis said: “This term marks the start of arguably the most significant development in the school’s history, other than its move from London to Woolhampton at the beginning of the Second World War. It has been extremely exciting welcoming our first cohort of girls to the Prep School: the response has been remarkable.”
A variety of areas within the school have been redeveloped and refurbished to accommodate the girls, including a new girls’ dormitory for boarding, affectionately named ‘Finlay’, after a much-loved former School Nurse.
Hockey is their main sport for the Autumn Term, with netball for Lent, and cricket, tennis, athletics and swimming for Summer Term. They will also join the boys for cross country and some football.
Head of Girls Crispy Kidson said: “It is wonderful to see the girls around the beautiful Elstree campus this term. I am delighted to see how well they have settled in and how welcoming and friendly the boys have been. There is no doubt that all of the girls have brought a wave of enthusiasm and a real sense of purpose with them. It feels as though they have been here for years.”