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The GDST Difference

What sets our schools apart?

Girls first

The teaching and wellbeing of all our pupils is our absolute priority. The academic results we achieve are among the best in the country, and the young women leaving our schools for university and the world beyond have the confidence, courage, composure and commitment to thrive wherever their futures take them.

Collaboration and events

No other school or group of schools runs as many or as broad a range of joint activities as the GDST. The list includes career and leadership conferences and seminars, subject-specific and career-specific prizes and scholarships and inter-school competitions.

Life skills

We equip our pupils with confidence, resilience and skills for life, helping them to achieve academic and career success. Our unique CareerStart programme helps them make university choices, find work placements and secure gap-year opportunities, and they also develop their interview techniques and their memory, presentation, leadership and enterprise skills.

A powerful network

No other school network is as powerful, large or as effective as the GDST. It enables us to spread success by sharing innovations; to pool best practice in individual subject areas; to fund a range of staff development initiatives; and to run a highly regarded internal programme to develop members of teaching staff for senior roles. The size of our network also enables us to invest in our schools and their facilities to a degree most individual schools can’t match.

Our network extends beyond our schools too: our alumnae organisation is the largest in the country, acting as a professional support group for career and general advice and opportunities.