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Chris Ledgard visits schools in North Tyneside and Somerset to re-trace their journeys from single sex to mixed education. The stories take us back to September 1969 and the height of the co-education movement. In the South West of England, Wells Cathedral School has a charismatic head teacher with three daughters to educate and a convent closing down the road. Against the advice of some veteran school masters, he decides to admit girls in order to safeguard his school's future. Meanwhile, in the North East, the local education authority issues a blanket edict as part of the switch to comprehensive education. So the wall between the boys and girls at Marden High School has to come down.
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