Bringing out the Best in Boys

Whether boys should boys be taught in single-sex classes continues to receive substantial media coverage. Some cite single-sex teaching as a thing of the past. However, those in boys’ schools and educational research would argue differently and there is a worldwide movement that sees educating boys separately as a better way to provide for boys’ needs within the classroom and beyond.

QEGS has a proud and distinguished history of educating boys since its foundation in 1591. At QEGS boys can be rehearsing for a music concert and an hour later be playing in a rugby match. Our boys don’t have ‘rough edges’ to be knocked off by girls. They are polite, caring young men who from joining QEGS at Reception enjoy being free to be boys. We are serious about the boys’ academic progress as they respond to the academic challenges they encounter, as they progress from Reception to Sixth Form and beyond.

Nurturing inquisitive and energetic boys into competent young men

  • Boys are given the opportunity to take risks, through energetic and action orientated activities, including for younger boys sport every day
  • Boys respond best to teaching styles which fit their needs – active, well-paced practical learning with frequent brain breaks and opportunities for movement
  • Boys are active learners who need opportunities to make their own decisions and to take control of their learning
  • Boys benefit from a ‘firm but fair’ approach; a disciplined environment with clear structures, boundaries and ground rules, with the underlying acknowledgment that boys do occasionally get it wrong
  • Boys develop life-long friendships – a ‘band of brothers’, relishing the enjoyment of going through school together
  • Boys can be themselves in an all-boys environment, encouraged to find the ‘best version of themselves’ as a young man when they leave
  • Boys love competition and the sense that they have earned rewards, often allowing them to exceed expectations in all aspects of school life
  • Boys’ high level thinking and entrepreneurial skills are enhanced by taking them out of their comfort zone through creative and problem-solving activities

Key Facts

  • Boys thrive on competition which is encouraged in and out of the classroom
  • Boys need discipline and to be challenged, thrilled or inspired, or their concentration quickly lapses
  • A strong diet of sport is a big part of QEGS life, especially for younger boys
  • Absence of a macho culture or 'cool to be a fool' allows boys to grow up fully rounded