We say to our girls 'who do you want to be?' and help them craft their school experience appropriately. This means that as well as focusing on academic achievement,they are encouraged to pursue extra-curricular avenues so that their time at school culminates in much more than a string of excellent examination grades. The soft skills that employers are seeking, for example resourcefulness, the ability to problem-solve and to negotiate as a member of a team, are honed through a collaborative environment of working and 'playing' together.This gives them self-confidence and self-awareness about what they are good at and what they enjoy.
We enjoy our reputation as a 'creative' school. In every aspect of teaching subjects are taught in a way that makes them dynamic and interesting. Students are encouraged to dive deeper into subjects, to explore,challenge and look at the practical applications of their knowledge. Girls can take part in numerous clubs and societies,often founded and run by the girls themselves, and they take part in an array of workshops, national challenges,and local and national conferences. Girls are given every opportunity to get under the skin of their subjects and to let their talents shine.
The other key thing that we emphasise about MSJ is that single-sex education gives parents and girls an important choice. As with everything to do with education, one size does not fit all. At MSJ we have an excellent track-record in academic achievement, including highly sought-after STEM subjects. We are definitely bucking the national trend as more girls are choosing to do these subjects at A Level, and go on to do them at University. We are always looking at the curriculum, and in response to student demand we now offer Product Design at GCSE and A Level in the STEM mix, and also Coding at GCSE. In Sport, girls are competing at top level in sports as diverse as sailing, lacrosse, equestrian, football, hockey and athletics. We have several girls representing their country already, and who are Olympic hopefuls. Whether it is in academic, sport, music, or any other sphere, in a school where it's all girls, there can be no gender stereotyping. Girls see their peers and elders achieving at every level and this creates a culture of empowerment and leadership. There is no glass ceiling here: girls really do believe that they are every bit as good and valuable as their male counterparts.