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The Girls’ Schools Association represents the heads of many of the top-performing day and boarding schools in the UK, and is a member of the Independent Schools Council.
The GSA encourages high standards of education for girls and promotes the benefits of being taught in a largely girls-only environment. GSA schools are internationally respected and have an impressive global reputation for excellence in and out of the classroom; with academic rigour, innovative practice and wide-ranging extra-curricular activities attracting pupils from around the world. They are also widely recognised for their exceptional record of examination achievements, with high results in STEM subjects and 96% of pupils progressing to university.
Twenty-first century girls’ schools come in many different shapes and sizes. Whether they are day, boarding, junior, senior, large, small, urban or rural, the educational provision they provide ensures girls don’t just have equal opportunities, but that they have every opportunity to realise their potential as active, equal, confident and competent leaders, participants and contributors. Former GSA school pupils are among the most noteworthy high achievers of the UK and indeed the world. They include world leading scientists, international charity campaigners, famous actresses, foreign correspondents, Olympic medallists and business women at the highest levels.
Members of the GSA share a commitment to the values and benefits of single-sex schools for girls, and a belief that the needs and aspirations of girls is always the main focus. Staff in GSA schools are specialists in the teaching of girls, and provide positive role models to encourage girls in all that they do.
The GSA provides its members and their staff with a full programme of professional development and support, to assist them in remaining fully up-to-date with all aspects of their profession. The Association also aims to inform and influence national educational debate and is a powerful and well-respected voice within the educational establishment, advising and lobbying educational policy makers on core education issues as well as those relating to girls’ schools and the education of girls.
Officers 2017
Charlotte Avery
St Mary’s School, Cambridge
Caroline Jordan
Headington School
President Elect 2018:
Gwen Byrom
Loughborough High School
Antonia Beary
Mayfield Girls
Officers 2018
Gwen Byrom
Loughborough High School
Charlotte Avery
St Mary’s School, Cambridge
President Elect 2019:
Sue Hincks
Bolton School (Girls’ Division)
Antonia Beary
Mayfield Girls
Committee Chairs
Samantha Price
Benenden School
Sue Hincks
Bolton School (Girls’ Division)
Membership & Accreditation:
Claire Hewitt
Manchester High School for Girls
Professional Development:
Nicola Botterill
Bruton School for Girls
Jo MacKenzie
Bedford Girls’ School
Hilary French
Newcastle High School for Girls GDST
Regional Representatives
Elizabeth Thomas
Abbot’s Hill School
Heather Hanbury
The Lady Eleanor Holles School
Ann Clark
King Edward VI High School for Girls
North East:
Lynne Renwick
Durham High School for Girls
North West:
Sue Hincks
Bolton School (Girls’ Division)
Anna Tomlinson
St Margaret’s School for Girls, Aberdeen
South Central:
Jane Prescott
Portsmouth High School GDST
South East:
Anna King
Notre Dame School
South West & Wales:
Felicia Kirk
St Mary’s Calne
Chief Executive:
Vivienne Durham
Membership Director:
Jane Carroll
Executive Assistant:
Jeven Sharma
Membership Manager:
Jannette Davison
Conference & Events Manager:
Emily Hall
Digital Manager:
Imogen Vanderpump
Communications Manager:
Rachel Kerr
Finance Manager:
Jean Walklett
Girls’ Schools Association
Suite 105, 108 New Walk, Leicester, LE1 7EA
Tel: 0116 254 1619 • email: office@gsa.uk.com