The GDST Academy Trust

About the Academy Trust

The GDST Academy Trust operates two academies for girls; Belvedere Academy in Liverpool and Birkenhead High School Academy on the Wirral. These two academies form part of The Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST), which also includes 23 independent girls’ schools across England and Wales. Although separate legal entities, the GDST Academy Trust enjoys close connections to the GDST, its principal sponsor.

The GDST ensures that students and staff benefit from operating within a nationwide family of schools committed to the education of young people and preparing them for a bright future. The Trust’s primary aim is to educate as many girls as possible which is underpinned by its four principles: Girls First, Fearless, Forward Thinking and A Family of Schools, which form part of the GDST’s mission, vision and values.



Our Academies

The Academy Trust oversees two academies, each of which has developed its own unique vision and ethos which dovetails with the overarching direction set by the GDST.


Belvedere Academy

Part of Liverpool’s educational landscape for over 130 years, Belvedere Academy was originally an independent school before becoming an academy in 2007. The Academy caters for pupils from ages 11 to 19, and admits pupils of all abilities across the region. The Academy provides a large range of educational and extra-curricular opportunities to its pupils.

Be Brave, Be Bold, Be Belvedere is the statement developed by the Belvedere community to underpin who they are. This is supported by the Being Belvedere framework which describes who they aim to be and how they behave.


Birkenhead High School Academy

Challenge, opportunity and partnership encapsulates the overall school direction at Birkenhead High School Academy

Situated on the Wirral, Birkenhead High School Academy is a vibrant learning community offering pupils aged 3 to 19 years an outstanding education. There has been a school on the site for over 100 years. Pupils are given every opportunity to develop into confident, articulate and responsible young women. They are constantly challenged, encouraged to take risks and to develop a life-long love of learning.

The GDST Academy Trust Board

The Academy Trust Board (ATB) is responsible for the strategic direction and oversight of the organisation and ensuring the safety and welfare of the pupils. It monitors academic performance and reviews key policies and procedures in order to provide internal control and mitigate risk. The ATB also has a duty to maintain the financial stability of the Academy Trust. The ATB is legally responsible for the Academy Trust’s activities.

As principal sponsor, the GDST appoints the majority of the Trustees of the ATB, which is chaired by a GDST Trust Council Member. Other Trustees include the Chairs of the Academy Local Governing Bodies. The ATB meets formally at least three times a year and various responsibilities have been delegated to the ATB Finance, Audit & Risk Committee which meets four times per year.

Each academy has a Local Governing Body which is accountable to the ATB.  It provides focused governance at a local level, monitors financial and academic performance, supports and positively challenges the Principal and fosters links with the local community. All those involved in ensuring the ATB Academy Trust is held to account, including Members, Trustees and Local Governing Bodies comply with Nolan’s Seven Principles of Public Life and operate in accordance with the GDST code of conduct.

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ATB Members

A family of schools

23 independent schools and two academies in England and Wales

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