'Shakespeare's school' enrols girls for first time

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Image caption Girls are attending Shakespeare's former school for the first time in its 460-year history.

Shakespeare's former school has opened its doors to girls for the first time in its 460-year history.

More than 30 girls have started the September term taking their A-levels at King Edward VI School in Stratford-upon-Avon.

More than 200 girls from 38 schools applied for sixth form places at the Church Street school.

Head teacher Bennet Carr said: "The Bard would have seen girls as a great addition to the school."

He added: "Research shows male and female students tend to bring different learning styles, approaches and perspectives to their A-level studies and both genders benefit from seeing how each other work."

The move follows a unanimous decision by the school's board of governors in 2011, after previous proposals to admit girls were initially rejected in 2002.

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