Above: Dame Allan's Principal Will Scott in the new Jubilee Building
Our pioneering ‘diamond’ model has earned both Dame Allan’s Girls’ and Boys’ Schools top placings in an influential guide for parents.
The Sunday Times’ Parent Power Guide 2024, published on Sunday, has named Dame Allan’s Girls’ School as the third ‘Best Independent school in the North East’ and its Boys’ School as the fourth. Sitting alongside fully co-educational establishments on the leaderboard, the results mean Dame Allan’s Schools, in Fenham, Newcastle, offer the best single-sex education to pupils aged between 11 and 16 across the region.
Principal Will Scott said the Schools’ diamond model, where boys and girls are educated together in the Junior School and Sixth Form but separately during the formative GCSE years, removes barriers and allows every pupil to flourish at their own pace, without gender stereotypes in the classroom.
“At Dame Allan’s, boys and girls have the freedom to push boundaries and experiment with various subjects in an environment that is inclusive, inspiring and diverse. We see a great uptake of girls getting invested in STEM subjects and have boys passionate in the arts,” said Mr Scott.
Dame Allan’s Schools credits its exceptional pastoral care, with dedicated facilities and a growing team of specialists, and its ‘unrivalled’ co-curricular offering, for helping place the schools among the very best in the North East.
Mr Scott said: “Our teaching staff will always be committed to every child’s academic success, however Dame Allan’s Schools are about so much more than academic excellence. “We raise the bar on developing and nurturing the whole child by ensuring that our vibrant co-curricular offering is an equal partner to our academic curriculum. Our approach, coupled with pastoral care facilities that we have here is second-to-none. It means that every young person who leaves us at the age of 18 is fully equipped and ready to make their mark on the world.”
The Sunday Times Parent Power Guide identifies the highest achieving schools in the UK based on examination results. In 2023, approximately a quarter of all GCSEs taken by Year 11 girls at Dame Allan’s were awarded the highest grade 9 result. Almost two thirds of all GCSEs sat by girls were awarded grades 9 – 7.
In the Boys’ School, more than 57 per cent of all GCSES sat in 2023 were awarded grades 9 – 7.
At A Level, almost half of all grades achieved by Year 13 pupils were A* and A, with 60 students heading off to Russell Group universities.