Salisbury school set to admit boys for the first time in 300 years

A SALISBURY school is set to allow boys to join from September 2024 – the first time in 300 years.

Currently an independent boarding and day school for girls between three and 18, Godolphin School will join the United Learning Group in February next year.

And a spokesperson for the school said from the next academic year, boys will be admitted.

“We are delighted to announce our plans as we embark on a significant journey towards co-education,” they said.

“Starting in September 2024, Godolphin Prep intends to welcome both boys and girls across all year groups.

“Godolphin Senior will offer co-education from September 2025.”

It comes as both Salisbury grammar schools, South Wiltshire Grammar and Bishop Wodsorth’s, have opened their sixth forms to boys and girls.

Sir Nick Pope, chair of governors at Godolphin School, said: “Our move towards co-education is a response to strong demand from local families, reaffirming our unwavering commitment to educational excellence.

“In recognition of a world that values gender equality and collaboration, we will be proud to be the only day and boarding independent school in Salisbury offering co-education, for 3 to 19 years.”

Head of Godolphin, Jenny Price, said: “This decision marks a pivotal moment in Godolphin’s history.

“Our founder, Elizabeth Godolphin looked to the future in her commitment to the education of girls.

“By extending our welcome to boys, we aim to enrich our school community with a broader range of perspectives, talents, and experiences.

“We look forward to an exciting future for Godolphin as it looks to write the next chapter in its proud history.”

Sir Jon Coles, chief executive of United Learning, added: “As a group with a strong track record of running successful schools across the country, we are particularly pleased to be welcoming a school with such high expectations, strong ambitions and long-standing traditions as Godolphin into our family.”

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