Neighbouring schools St Teresa’s and Cranmore have formed a partnership to create a diamond model school, a powerful and exciting educational proposition, delivering all the advantages of both single sex and co-education to girls and boys.

A diamond school is, quite simply, the best of both worlds, leading to an outstanding experience. It is an approach that not only elicits excellence from pupils, but also from teaching staff who are able to tailor their professional techniques to age, stage and gender.

As modern, progressive schools, St Teresa’s and Cranmore have enviable track records, delivering best practice teaching to their pupils, whilst maintaining exceptional pastoral care.

Combining these skills will provide a distinctive and distinguished education.

The new charitable trust is called Effingham Schools Trust.

The Trust’s diamond model will offer the benefits of the co-ed classroom to very young pupils, the benefits of the single sex classroom in later prep and secondary years, before finally returning to co-education at Sixth Form.

This method reflects and acknowledges that girls and boys approach their learning in differing ways at different developmental stages.