Recognising and rewarding our staff

The GDST recognises and rewards leadership and teaching excellence in its schools. It has its own pay and grading structure, and system of career and pay progression.

“One of the best things about working within the GDST, is having the opportunity to share ideas and network with colleagues from other schools across the country. Each of our 25 schools are unique but we share so much in common and there is a real community feel amongst us. I feel proud to be part of an organisation that unashamedly promotes the value of a brilliant girls only education.” – Christina Bird, Assistant Head (Director of Sixth Form) at Bromley High School
Training grants
Opportunities for gaining qualifications
Schools fees
A discount of up to 50% on fees for children at GDST schools
Interest-free loans
Training, computer purchase loans and travel season ticket loans
Competitive salaries
For pay, career progression and generous pension schemes

Additional Benefits

  • 176 teaching days per year (190 in maintained sector)
  • Early Careers Teachers start at £36,549 in London (£30,099 outside London).
  • Pay bands – all staff are eligible to move through their pay band towards the grade maximum through annual pay reviews, subject to satisfactory performance
  • Free lunch during term-time
  • Four weeks’ study leave for teachers after ten years’ continuous service
  • Training grants for obtaining further qualifications
  • Access to the GDST central training and development programme
  • An employee assistance programme, offering free and confidential counselling
  • Generous sick pay entitlement
  • Accredited NQT induction
  • Interest free loans for training, computer purchase or season tickets; Cycle to Work scheme
  • Access to the benefits offered by the GDST Alumnae Network
  • Up to 50% discount on fees for children at GDST schools
A family of schools

23 independent schools and two academies in England and Wales

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