DD was definite about wanting co-ed so we are lucky she will be able to go to Pates. She did have numerous other reasons for liking Pates though.
DS is in a class with very few boys and a lot of his friends are girls. At parents evening though, his teacher said the girls swirl around him because he is calmer and more amenable than the other boys (plus being devilishly handsome and intelligent of course
) and does not differentiate between male and female friends. Goodness knows what we will get when he is in his teens.
He would do well at either. He did like Marling when we went for the open day but he was not basing anything on single gender or co-ed. I think he also likes the idea of being able to walk around the corner to school, whereas DD is quite happy to take the bus.
Actually DD, who did not like SHS said she might disguise herself as a boy and go to Marling. This highlighted this issue for us. DH and I were also far more impressed with Marling than SHS and were deeply frustrated because the single gender factor prevented our choosing it for DD.