GIRLS’ DAY SCHOOL TRUST
THE GIRLS’ DAY SCHOOL TRUST
Tom Wheare, MA, DipEd, FRSA
Helen Williams, CB, MA
The GDST (Girls’ Day School Trust) is the UK’s leading network of independent girls’ schools, with over 3,700 staff and nearly 20,000 students between the ages of three and 18.
One of the UK’s largest educational charities, with 24 schools and two academies in England and Wales, we reinvest all our income into our education. Founded in 1872, the GDST has a long history of pioneering innovation in the education of women, and is the largest single educator of girls in the UK.
At the GDST our aim is not just to provide an outstanding academic education; we pride ourselves in creating a learning environment dedicated to the development of confident, courageous, composed and committed girls, ready for any demand life may make of them.
While our schools and academies are all individual, the commitment to developing the whole person is part of our shared DNA. We have a strong network for sharing knowledge and for spreading best practice, and we also develop and promote talented teachers through this network.
We celebrate our girls’ differences, reinforce their strengths, and help them overcome their challenges. Girls can be themselves, and grow at their own pace. They’re not cloistered – far from it – but their individual characters can take shape in a way that isn’t possible in a mixed environment. For example, girls at GDST schools and academies are over twice as likely to study A Level physics or chemistry as girls nationally, with overall nearly half the students in GDST Sixth Forms taking at least one science A Level.
Every girl is different and we make sure that, regardless, she is the best she can be, and that she tries things, reaches for things, achieves things she may have thought beyond her. And when she does this, she grows in confidence and maturity in a way that will stay with her forever.
Blackheath High School
Nottingham Girls’ High School
Brighton & Hove High School
Oxford High School
Bromley High School
Portsmouth High School
Croydon High School
Putney High School
Howell’s School, Llandaff, Cardiff
The Royal High School, Bath
Ipswich High School
Sheffield High School
Kensington Prep School
Shrewsbury High School
Newcastle High School for Girls
South Hampstead High School
Northampton High School
Streatham & Clapham High School
Northwood College for Girls
Sutton High School
Norwich High School for Girls
Sydenham High School
Notting Hill & Ealing High School
Wimbledon High School
The Belvedere Academy, Liverpool
Birkenhead High School Academy
Information on the Schools can be found in the Yearbook or on the GDST website: www.gdst.net
The Girls’ Day School Trust is a Registered Charity, number 306983.
The Girls' Day School Trust
100 Rochester Row London SW1P 1JP
Tel: 020 7393 6666