The Kingsley School in Leamington Spa, will become fully co-educational for the first time in its history from September 2025.
The introduction of boys to its senior 11 to 18 school from the start of the 2025 academic year will offer youngsters mixed-gender education up to the age of 18.
Kingsley School is part of the Warwick Schools Foundation which also includes Warwick School for boys and King’s High School for girls. The move will make Kingsley the first mixed senior school in the group, which also includes Warwick Junior School and Warwick Preparatory School.
The Kingsley Preparatory School already takes boys up until age 11, which means they currently have to move to another school in the Foundation or elsewhere in the area for their senior education.
The Kingsley School, which celebrates its 140th anniversary next year, will admit boys into Years 7 and 12 from September 2025, with the aim of achieving an equal gender split over the next few years.
Sally Austin, chair of foundation governors, said: “The senior team at Kingsley and the wider Foundation are all really excited about how the values, ethos and academic standards of Kingsley will now be available to both boys and girls.”
Richard Nicholson, principal of Warwick Schools Foundation, added: “Giving two years’ notice also means that parents with children in Year 5 can now consider Kingsley for their sons as well as their daughters.
“Staff and parents have been fully informed of the new plans and while our staff in the senior school are experts in teaching girls, many have significant expertise teaching in a co-educational setting. The Foundation, through Warwick School, also has unparalleled experience in teaching and nurturing boys.
“This means that we have a unique insight into ensuring that both girls and boys flourish and have the best possible experience academically and in their co-curricular programme.”