We are delighted to announce that from 2023, Stamford will become fully co-educational at all stages. For more information, please visit Stamfordcoed.org

Co-education at Stamford

Co-education at Stamford

Announcement from the Stamford Endowed Schools | 11 May 2022

The Governors of the Stamford Endowed Schools are delighted to confirm that Stamford will become fully co-educational at all stages.

This decision will transform outcomes for our Stamfordians. It will revolutionise the pastoral and social development of students; it will enable us to broaden and strengthen our academic programmes; and it will enable us to introduce new opportunities and ensure that access to those opportunities is the same for every child. We will be able to run far more efficiently, which means every pound of our parents’ fees will make a far greater impact on the outcomes for our students.

The move to become fully co-educational will take place over two years.

  • From September 2023, Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 will become co-educational, and will be based on the current Stamford School site. Years 12 and 13 will be based on the current Stamford High School site. Our Year 11 students, who will be midway through their GCSEs, will remain in single sex classes on their current sites to minimise any disruption in such an important year.
  • From September 2024, we will be fully co-educational in every year group.


We have considered how we make this change extremely carefully, and we know that it is absolutely achievable for 2023. 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 that we will need.

We want to transform the opportunities and outcomes for our students – but that doesn’t mean changing who we are, our purpose, or what we stand for. Producing rounded and grounded young people is what we do, and what we will continue to do. We want to keep our name, keep the traditions of our schools, and continue to cherish our history and heritage.

We are putting a new leadership structure in place. Will Phelan, as Principal, will be supported by Vicky Buckman as Head, who will lead the leadership team for our senior school. Our focus on academic ambition, pastoral excellence, and preparing our students for the future, remains our strategy.

All of our staff will still have a job. Some roles will change, and we will start working with those staff involved tomorrow. Looking after our staff, as much as our students, is a priority for us at every step of this process.

We have answered our most frequently asked questions here. If you have further questions, you can write to us at stamfordcoed@ses.lincs.sch.uk. We don’t have every detail finalised at this stage, but please do get in touch if there is anything you would like to find out more about.

We would like to thank all of our parents, staff and students for their input over the last few months. The future for Stamford is clear, and we can be excited to be part of a transformation that will provide all of our students, now and in the future, with the outstanding support, experiences and environment that will equip them for their future lives.

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