Penrith High students Milvia Mathew (school captain), Anitha Pillai (head prefect) and Cassidy Lauguico (SRC president).CREDIT:WOLTER PEETERS

A Sydney selective school is taking measures to increase its intake of female students

This year, almost one-fifth of the girls who received offers to study at selective high schools in the state declined the opportunity, according to NSW Department of Education data. This comes as demand for a place at one of the state's 48 academically selective high schools reaches an all-time high, with over 17,000 students sitting the highly competitive test in May, and less than 25% receiving an offer. While experts cite a variety of reasons for the disparity in acceptance rates between girls and boys, this trend is part of a longstanding pattern of fewer girls being offered a place in top-ranked public schools, leading parents to consider alternative options such as single-sex Catholic and private schools or schools offering scholarships from primary years.

Read more here: How one Sydney selective school is trying to attract more girls

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