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About the GDST

The Girls’ Day School Trust is the UK’s leading network of independent girls’ schools, with 24 schools and two academies throughout England and Wales. Founded in 1872, we now educate 20,000 students and employ 3,700 staff.

All but two of our schools educate girls all the way through, from the age of three or four to 18. As a charity, we are committed to our students and not to generating profits for any shareholders.

Our values

Our values are important to all of us at the GDST:

Girls first

We put our girls’ interests, happiness and well-being first at all times. 


We work together productively within our schools, our communities and within the GDST as a whole, sharing inspiration among ourselves and with others.


We take risks and overcome setbacks. We aim to do things in a new way. We have a go. We have fun. 


We aim always to do the right thing. We are open, honest and accountable. 

Girls thrive at GDST schools. We support them in meeting and beating their own expectations of themselves. We encourage them, too, to be networked, bold and principled.

GDST girls grow in confidence, resilience and happiness. They leave us equipped to take on life’s challenges and ready to make a difference.