Girls’ School Collective Will Not Accept Transgender Students Citing Concerns Over Single-Sex Status

Twenty-five British all-girls' schools will only accept applications from students' who are female at birth


A group of top all-girls schools in the United Kingdom has announced they will not admit transgender students out of concern that it will “jeopardize” their single-sex status.

The 23 private schools and two academies that make up the Girls’ Day School Trust will not accept applications from students who are biologically male but identify as female.

The organization shared its updated gender identity policy guidance document with its 25 members last month. It said that accepting students based on their gender identity and rather than the sex on their birth certificate could “jeopardize the status of GDST schools as single-sex schools” which was established under the Equality Act in 2010.

“The GDST believes that an admissions policy based on gender identity rather than the legal sex recorded on a student’s birth certificate would jeopardise the status of GDST schools as single-sex schools under the act,” stated the document. “For this reason, GDST schools do not accept applications from students who are legally male.” 

The document notes that female students who are already admitted and enrolled in one of the 25 GDST could remain at the schools if they decide to transition to male.

Cheryl Giovannoni, the Chief Executive Officer of the Girls’ Day School Trust, said in a statement that “the underlying principle” of the gender identity policy “is to offer a supportive educational environment to those students who are exploring their gender identity or in the process of transitioning.”

“GDST schools are able to operate a single-sex admissions policy, without breaching the Equality Act 2010 on the basis of an exemption relating to biological sex,” Giovannoni said. “Under current laws and guidance, the GDST believes that an admissions policy based on gender identity rather than the legal sex recorded on a student’s birth certificate could jeopardise the status of GDST schools as single-sex schools under the act. We will continue to monitor the legal interpretation of this exemption.”

For some, the policy comes as a common-sense practice that has been skewed as exclusionary.

As the law stands, children in the UK cannot acquire a Gender Recognition Certificate which means they cannot change their legal sex,” wrote Debbie Hayton for Unheard.com “So that means that there is no question about girls’ schools excluding girls who choose to identify as boys: they are still female legally as well as biologically. Trans-identified girls are not being turned down.”

Single-sex schools have been struggling with how to manage transgender students and applicants for many years. In 2016, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers discussed how an all-boys or all-girls school would accommodate a transgender student. Schools would have to modify bathrooms, dormitories, locker rooms, and uniforms.

Teachers at the meeting reported feeling “ill-prepared” to deal with the issue, according to the BBC

According to reports, as many as 50 children a week are being referred to the UK’s leading gender identity clinic,” per The Express.

The Association of School of College Leaders (ASCL), a teacher’s union in the U.K., has asked the national government to issue clear guidance on the issue.

“It is a really big issue and the lack of formal guidance for schools is something that we are concerned about,” Julie McCulloch of the ASCL told The Telegraph.

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7 responses to “Girls’ School Collective Will Not Accept Transgender Students Citing Concerns Over Single-Sex Status”

  1. CJS3 says:

    Public education, everywhere in the western world, is dying. I have to say good riddance. Anything “free” is worth exactly what you pay for it. You want an education for your kids. Find a freelance teacher and have them come in three or four times a week. They don’t even have to stay all day. Readin,righten,rithmatic. Want something better? Buy it. An education won’t be worth crap until people know what it cost.

  2. SummerCrow says:

    Good, whatever their reason stopping this nonsense needs to start somewhere even if it’s in the UK
    I have trans friends but they don’t like to parade their trans nature around. They want to just get on with life. My friend that is a trans man you would never know he was not a man. But he pulls it off flawlessly to the point I forget and I’ve known him for years. He would never draw attention to himself the way these people are doing.

  3. Masshole says:

    They will just revise the Equality Act of 2010. The only reason this collective made this decision is to save it’s status as a single gender school and probably because they get more funding that way. This article is supposed to encourage us by showing that there is a resistance to the woke nonsense in academia , but that isn’t what this is.

  4. Locke-n-Paine says:

    Because it’s the rare institution that’s willing to do the appropriate thing instead of caving to woke nonsense. It’s a sign of the growing resistance.

  5. HerrDoktor says:

    I get that they aren’t excluding girls who call themselves boys, but what ARE they doing about that?

  6. Wolv256 says:

    Also they’re kind of icky.

    (I joke, I joke, so what you want with your life)

  7. Hsims says:

    I don’t even understand why this is news?