After his visit to New Addington, Boris went to Trinity, where I am Chairman of the Governors, to open our new sixth form centre.
When I was appointed Chairman of the Governors five years ago, we set up a small working party to review the school's long-term strategy. The key recommendation of that working party was that our sixth form should go co-educational - we felt that it would both benefit our exisiting boys (whilst there is some evidence that boys benefit from single sex education when they are younger there is no such evidence post-16 and we felt a co-ed sixth form would better prepare them for university and the world of work) and that girls too would benefit from what Trinity has to offer. Staff and parents were strongly in favour and after five years of lobbying the Whitgift Foundation for their approval and detailed planning the first group of girls started today.
The new sixth form centre is obviously a key part of this change and I am very grateful to all those who have worked so hard to ensure it was ready on time.