There would appear not to have been any consultation between the two schools before the announcement that Elizabeth was to become fully co-educational.
‘I write in response to the announcement by Elizabeth College, made yesterday in relation to their decision to take girls from September 2021,’ principal Ashley Clancy said yesterday.
‘We were made aware of the announcement on Monday afternoon and The Ladies’ College governors and the principal are actively reviewing this decision.’
Now the spotlight is on The Ladies’ College to see whether it will become co-educational like Blanchelande and Elizabeth College.
‘Our aim continues to be to encourage and inspire our pupils and students within a supportive, nurturing and collaborative environment, where the pastoral care and support of each individual is key to their personal and academic growth,’ said Mrs Clancy.
‘We are committed to maintaining, developing and promoting girls’ education and the choices and opportunities this provides to them and the wider community.’
The Ladies’ College is in partnership with the sixth form of Elizabeth College.
After Elizabeth College becomes fully co-educational, Melrose and The Ladies’ College together will be the island’s only single-sex schools.
Blanchelande was a girls college, before going co-educational in September 2015.
When approached for comment, principal Robert O’Brien said they ‘do not comment on other schools’ decisions'.