One of Britain’s oldest and most prestigious private schools is throwing open its doors to girls for the first time in its 640-year history.

A spokesperson for the £41,709-a-year school said the move was part of ‘a new vision and significant programme of change’.

It means there is now only three secondary schools in the UK – Eton, Harrow and Radley College – which still only admit boys despite calls for the policies to be changed.

The first female day pupils will arrive at Winchester by September 2022, with the aim to welcome the first borders by 2024.