'Outstanding' single-sex education not just the preserve of the few - we go hunting for girls' state schools in the shires

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Outstanding, single-sex education need not be an exclusive affair but it is undoubtedly hard to find. But, with so much evidence pointing towards girls-only senior school education favouring  girls' academic success, you may well want to hunt far and near. 

We went hunting for a handful of girls' schools open to all in the Shires.... a few more urban out-posts caught our eyes too as well within reach. In something of a crowd-pleasing move, a few open their doors to boys in the sixth form. 

If you've found inspiration. Do let us know and follow @schoolhuntersuk for more tips and tweets. 

Girls' Senior Schools Autumn Open Days

Didcot Girls' School, Oxfordshire
“Pupils achieve very well indeed. GCSE results are considerably above the national average. Pupils make rapid progress in all subjects and year groups.” Ofsted November 2015
Open evening: Wednesday 5th October 2016, 4:30pm
Open mornings:
Tuesday 11th October 2016, 9.30am (full)
Thursday 13th October 2016, 9.30am (full)
Monday 17th October 2016, 9.30am
Wednesday 19th October 2016, 9.30am

Bishop's Hatfield Girls' School, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
“The headteacher has created a culture where high aspiration has become central and the school’s abilities make very strong progress and achieve very high results across a wide range of subjects.” Ofsted February 2016
Open days Monday 26th to Thursday 29th September 2016

Hitchin Girls' School, Hertfordshire
“Teaching is consistently good and often outstanding. Students learn quickly and thoroughly as well as gaining high levels of enjoyment from their studies.” Ofsted 2013
Open events:
Thursday 29th September 2016, 9.30am
Wednesday 5th October 2016, 9.30am

Loreto College, St Albans, Hertfordshire
“Welcoming, polite, keen to succeed and eager to learn” Ofsted 2013
The Autumn event has passed but bookmark for Spring.

St Albans Girls' School, Hertfordshire
Ofsted outstanding 2013. “St Albans Girls’ School should be congratulated for their stunning achievement in securing some of the best GCSE results in the country.” Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT
Open evening: Thursday 6th October 2016, 6pm

The Hertfordshire & Essex High School and Science College, Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire
“An outstanding school with an outstanding Sixth Form”. Ofsted 2009
Open evening has passed, contact the school for more information.

Watford Grammar School for Girls, Hertfordshire
“What makes Watford Grammar School for Girls outstanding is the focus on each girl as an individual and an almost relentless drive to ensure that everyone achieves their very best.” Ofsted 2007, confirmed Ofsted 2011
Open evening: Monday 10th October 2016, 6pm

Northampton School for Girls, Northamptonshire
“This is an outstanding school of which students, parents, staff and governors are rightly proud.” Ofsted 2006, confirmed Ofsted 2010
Open evening: Monday 3rd October 2016, 5.30pm

Baylis Court School, Slough
“They enter the school with well below average and sometimes exceptionally low standards and make outstanding progress to reach just above average standards by the end of Year 11.” Ofsted 2007, confirmed Ofsted 2015
Open evening has passed, but morning tours are available on the following dates:
Monday 26th to Thursday 29th September 2016
Wednesday 5th October 2016, 9am
Thursday 6th October 2016, 11am

Bordesley Green Girls' School & Sixth Form, Birmingham
"The school provides an exceptionally high quality of education for its students." Ofsted 2014
Contact the school about open events.

Handsworth Wood Girls' Academy, Birmingham
“All groups of students make the same fast progress irrespective of their starting points or backgrounds.” Ofsted 2014
Open evening has passed, contact the school for more information.

Selly Park Technology College for Girls, Birmingham
“The outcomes achieved by this outstanding college are impressive” Ofsted 2009
Open evening has passed, contact the school for more information.