Shelford is proud to be a small girls' school.

At Shelford we firmly believe that girls' only schools are best suited to the needs of girls and there is a growing body of national and international research that supports our belief in single-sex education for girls.

Girls enjoy significant advantages in a single sex environment. Most obviously they are free from gender tensions that often arise in the adolescent years. Academic Dr. Rosemary Salomone is of the view that, "all girls settings seem to provide girls with a certain comfort level that helps them develop greater self confidence and broader interests, especially as they approach adolescence."

At Shelford we take the challenge of educating tomorrow's women very seriously. It is widely acknowledged that boys and girls have very different cognitive, social, physiological and developmental growth rates. Recent research has helped us to understand the differences between male and female brains and the way that boys and girls learn and single-sex schools can cater for these differences.

Single sex girls' schools are able to meet the needs of female students. An all girls' environment means that girls can do everything, and at Shelford they do. They have the freedom to learn, lead and participate and their achievements are celebrated.

The 21st century world that our students will inhabit will be an unpredictable, rapidly changing and demanding one. We believe that girls can be best prepared for this world in a girls' school.

Girls' schools are dynamic and challenging places, working for the growth of the whole person. They fit young women for a future where problem-solving and decision-making, healthy relationships, confidence, and on-going learning are all vital to a fulfilling life. Alliance of Girls' Schools: Why choose a Girls' School?

We encourage our girls to take intellectual risks in a safe and co-operative environment where deep thinking and respect for others is valued and applauded. At Shelford, girls can be girls and we encourage each and every student to be her best every day. We acknowledge that one person's best is not another's and that being the best we can be is both a challenge and an obligation.

As educators, we continue to strive to ensure that our students are equipped to be active and informed citizens who are committed to life-long learning and discovery. Above all, we seek to develop in our students, the confidence and maturity to forge their chosen paths in life, to build and nurture quality relationships and to contribute to a better world.

We are confident that Shelford girls will be women of integrity and courage who will make their mark in the 21st century world.

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