Sunday, 5 March 2017
During my time at school the only 'females' we encountered were either medical staff, or those outside the college grounds.
All this changed in 1970 when, after a thousand years of having been an all boys school, The Queen appeared and announced to the world that girls would finally be admitted.
Almost at once the girls began to out-perform the boys, and female Oxbridge admissions heavily outweighed those of the boys.
Female scholars abounded; even my own Latin Scholarship would no doubt have gone to a girl (had there been any in my day).
I believe things have now settled down, and these days achievements are pretty much 50/50.
I never had the advantage of co-ed schooling, and I'm not sure how I'd have coped. All I can say is that when I see photos (such as the above) of my alma mater's end of year Ball, I'm rather envious.