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Wednesday, 18 September, 2002, 14:30 GMT 15:30 UK
Girls get chance to study without boys
All-girl class
Only 20 girls have opted for single-sex classes
Girls at a mixed comprehensive school in Oxford are being given the chance to learn in all-female classes.

The move comes with the gradual closure of Milham Ford, the city's only all-girl school.

Girls in year 10 at Oxford Community School can now study core subjects without male classmates.

At present not enough girls in other years have asked for single-sex classes, but the school does expect the number to increase in the future.

'Feel embarrassed'

Ian Johnson, school principal said: "If you can bring in a chance for single-sex education alongside the comprehensive school then that's all to the good."

The move has had a moderate response from the girls, with only 20 opting for classes without boys.

Parents have however given the idea their backing.

Ayub Khan, a father of one of the girls said: "For them to concentrate on their work is difficult - they get this feeling, they feel embarrassed sitting next to a boy."


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