The relative merits of co-educational and single-sex schools is one of the most debated subjects in education. More and more boys’ schools are dropping their single-sex status and bringing in girls at sixth form, or all the way through. But does single-sex education really benefit girls more than boys? Our experts will guide you through the key issues to help you decide what’s best for your child. 


Gareth Doodes

Gareth Doodes, Dover College Headmaster

Gareth has been Headmaster of Dover College since January 2015 and was 32 when appointed to his first Headship at Milton Abbey School. Educated at Eastbourne College, he studied History at St. Andrews University and earned his teaching qualification through Cambridge. A national campaigner for boarding schools, Gareth started his teaching career at Taunton School before time as a Housemaster at Oakham. As Headmaster of Dover College Gareth has overseen a turnaround in the College's fortunes, masterminding a development plan in preparation for the College's 150th anniversary in 2021 which includes the introduction of a new bespoke 3-18 curriculum and a number of significant building projects.

Chair of the BSA South East region, Gareth also sits on the Society of Heads Education Committee, is a leading member of the Dover Port and Community Forum, a columnist for the Dover Express and a regular contributor on BBC radio and TV. Married to Jess with two children aged six and three. In his free time Gareth likes to cycle, run, and listen to Mahler. He plays the piano, and is a political anorak and current affairs junkie.

Samantha Price

Samantha Price, Headmistress, Benenden School

Samantha Price was educated at Malvern Girls’ College and Edinburgh University, where she read History of Art (with modules of European History).  Having graduated, she joined the Tate Britain and was responsible for marketing for Members and Patrons and became heavily involved with the Patrons of what is now the Tate Modern.

She started her teaching career in 1999 as a History of Art and History teacher at Reading Blue Coat School, where she stayed for a number of years.  She then joined King’s Canterbury as a Housemistress, History and History of Art teacher.  Her next post was to be Deputy Head at Hereford Cathedral School and from there she became Head of Godolphin in 2010.

Samantha is married with a daughter and a son. Her husband is an Army Chaplain. 

Samantha joined Benenden as the Headmistress in January 2014 and she currently chairs the HMC Wellbeing Committee and the GSA Boarding Committee.

The full 2019 timetable will be published on Tuesday 8 October.