Becoming co-ed

The Governors of the Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools are delighted to announce that they will become fully co-educational across all age groups from September 2024.

This decision will lead to a fully co-educational school across two sites in Monmouth, bringing together Years 7 – 11, which are currently the only year groups who remain single sex.

The merger will create an outstanding school in which boys and girls learn together, providing equal opportunities for all while recognising their different needs. We will ensure that teaching continues to be outstanding and that our students gain not only the grades they need to move on from Monmouth successfully but also skills to be life-long learners who contribute positively to society and become leaders in driving change. It is our ambition to create a school that offers something different from neighbouring schools, providing excellent teaching and wide-ranging opportunities in a caring and supportive environment.

The move to become fully co-educational is a process that will take place over two years.

From September 2024:

  • Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 will become fully co-educational, and will be based on the current Monmouth School for Boys site at Almshouse Street.
  • Years 12 and 13, boys and girls, will be based on the west side of the Monmouth Girls’ School site on the Hereford Road.
  • Year 11 students, who will be midway through their GCSEs, will remain in single sex classes on the Monmouth School for Boys site, at Almshouse Street, to minimise any disruption.
  • The Prep School will move to the east side of the Girls’ School site.

From September 2025, Monmouth School will be fully co-educational in every year group.

We have carefully considered all aspects of this change. Both sites are large enough for the number of students who will be based there, and we have the time and the funding to create the additional infrastructure, including a superb Sixth Form Centre, while optimising our use of current facilities.

This endeavour is greatly helped by the William Jones Endowment and the support of the Haberdashers’ Company. The move to full co-education improves the school’s financial position and provides the necessary confidence for the Trustees of the William Jones Endowment to release funds to further improve the facilities and opportunities for all our pupils.

Simon Dorman, current Head of Monmouth School for Boys, has been appointed as Head of the new co-educational school from September 2024. Meanwhile, he leads an Executive Team which includes the Heads of the Girls’ School and Prep School, the Senior Deputy Head (Academic) and Bursar, and will oversee the transition. They will be supported by a number of Working Groups who will make recommendations and parents, pupils and alumni will be kept informed of decisions.

The next 18 months will be an exciting time and we are determined to seize the opportunities it presents. Students will be able to familiarise themselves with the newly developed site with a programme of social events, shared lectures, academic activities and structured events that will start in the Summer term of 2023 and enable new classmates to get to know each other. Activities will now include boys and girls wherever practically possible to develop friendships before being based together full-time.

If you have questions, you can write to us at govboard@habsmonmouth.org and we will provide as much information as we can. Details of the transition are still being worked on, but please do get in touch if there is anything you would like to find out more about or if you have any queries about the immediate impact this announcement might have that are not addressed on our Frequently Asked Questions page.