We are part of the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST), the leading network of independent girls’ schools in the UK with nearly 20,000 students between the ages of three and 18. Founded in 1872, the GDST has a long history of pioneering innovation in the education of girls, and is the largest single educator of girls in the UK (and the UK’s largest educational charity). At single-sex schools, girls are the leaders. They can be the head of school, captain of games or leader of the debating society. They find their voice, and become familiar with the challenges of leadership. Iin the classroom they can take intellectual risks, ask questions, or make judgements without worrying about how they appear in front of boys. An all-girls school has openness to challenge, risk-taking and resilience in its DNA and, in today’s working life, these attributes are essential. Young women need to be brave enough to pose a question in meetings, or to challenge a view constructively and effectively. They need to be able to handle the vagaries and unfairnesses of life, to try and fail, and try again. Read our CEO Helen Fraser’s views on girls’ education here.
The GDST is a charity that owns and runs a network of 24 schools and two academies in England and Wales, it reinvests all its income in its schools. With almost 65,000 former students and staff in the GDST Alumnae Network, our girls can access a vast range of mentoring and professional experience to aid their decison-making on higher education and future careers.
The GDST schools aim to inspire their students with these values:
For more information, please visit www.gdst.net
The Girls’ Day School Trust
Address: 100 Rochester Row, London SW1P 1JP
Tel: 020 7393 6666
Fax: 020 7393 6789
A Limited Company registered in England No. 6400 Registered Charity No. 306983