GDST Charter for Action


Undivided encompasses the GDST’s genuine commitment to diversity, inclusion and meaningful change.


The GDST Undivided Charter for Action is below. Please do read it and let us have your thoughts and comments using the feedback form at the bottom of this page.


The GDST is Undivided.

Undivided in our commitment to putting our pupils first.

Undivided in our fearlessness.

Undivided in our sense of family, where every individual is valued, respected and included.

In our mission to continually grow and improve, we set out the following Charter for Action.

We recognise the work that has been done to date and we acknowledge the steps that need to be taken to further improve the experience of everyone in our community. These are our commitments:


  1. A culture of diversity
  • The GDST will continue to embed a culture of diversity and inclusion, where every person is valued and supported. A family of schools where everyone feels that they belong.


  1. Pupils – education and the school experience
  • The GDST will support schools to create opportunities for pupils to share feedback, discuss ideas and contribute to their whole-school diversity and inclusion strategies, as well as that of the GDST.
  • Every school will provide a representative to a new GDST Student Diversity Council which will feed into organisation-wide action plans for increased diversity and inclusion.
  • The GDST will ensure that school policies are clear, visible and inclusive of every pupil, including those from diverse backgrounds.
  • The GDST will regularly survey our pupils so that their experiences can be channelled to make measurable improvements.


  1. Schools
  • The GDST will support each of its 25 schools to develop their own pledges on diversity and inclusion.
  • The GDST will expect senior school leaders to engage with parents and families regularly, to ensure everyone feels listened to and represented.
  • The GDST will expect schools to share resources to help parents and families to educate themselves on issues of diversity and inclusion, including anti-racism.
  • The GDST will encourage schools to share resources and work collaboratively with local schools in activities and subjects that support a diverse and inclusive education, as part of ongoing outreach work.


  1. Staff – training, recruitment, representation and progression
  • The GDST will provide a robust programme of training for all staff on issues of bias, beliefs and behaviours.
  • The GDST will further enhance our continuing professional development programme to support the career progression of all staff, with a specific programme for staff members from ethnically diverse backgrounds.


  1. Alumnae – empowering our girls and alumnae through the power of our network
  • The GDST will share progress against our Charter for Action with our alumnae and seek their input into our Undivided programme, to learn from their lived experiences and harness their expertise.
  • The GDST will engage with our alumnae to provide inspirational role models for the younger generation through talks, interviews and mentoring, sharing their stories and celebrating their journeys, especially those from under-represented ethnic backgrounds.


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