Bizarrely, as a girl going into 6th form, I did exactly that and went to a boys school. Well, at the time it was a boys school but took girls in the 6th form. After I left, they then started taking boys and girls from age 11 (instead of boys from 13), and now there’s girls throughout the school.
But I didn’t expect N to say he wanted to go to a boys school. I suppose I should have been more surprised to hear him say he wanted to be at a girls school though. We always have the strangest conversations just before he goes to bed, but it’s great to see inside his brain and what random thoughts he’s thinking.
He just came out with it at bedtime.
‘Mummy, I want to go to boys school. Why are there girls in my school?’
‘The same reason there are girls in the world. It’s a mixed school. Why do you only want boys in your class?’
‘I don’t like girls’
‘Well, what about I and K, you like them and play with them?’
‘No, I don’t like girls. Girls are smelly’
‘I think you’ll find the boys smell more than the girls. Anyway, you’ve only got 3 girls in your year, I’d say they were pretty outnumbered’.
‘Maybe the girls could change into boys. I’ve got some make up that would make them look like boys’. Eh? Maybe he’s thinking mud, because I don’t see how Snazaroo face paints would quite manage that one.
‘It’s quite unusual to have boys schools now, most are mixed. And it’s good to have a mix, especially for boys. It’s much better to learn now how to play and talk to girls, then you learn that girls are really mostly the same as boys’
I didn’t think we’d have the ‘I hate girls’ thing this early on. Although I’m sure he’ll be playing with I at after school club even though she’s a girl.
Have your children ever come out with things like this? Are they at the stage of not liking boys or girls?