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Our difference

A welcome from the Chief Executive

The GDST is a family of 23 independent schools and two academies across the UK, uniquely placed to help girls make the most of today’s opportunities.

We don’t just provide a first class education. We develop character. We help girls to be confident, resilient and fearless. In our schools, girls learn without limits: nothing holds them back.

As experts in education, we recognise that girls learn differently for a variety of reasons. So we have created environments in which every girl is able to thrive, whatever her disposition and direction.

We are committed to helping every girl fulfil her potential and her dreams, equipping her with the knowledge and social skills to thrive.

Our bursaries programme allows us to give gifted girls a GDST education, regardless of a family’s financial circumstances. Currently we provide 1,100 of these life changing bursaries nationwide.

GDST girls will make their mark on the world, in their own way, and on their own terms.

But don’t take it from us. GDST girls speak for themselves. Happy. Healthy. Confident. Balanced.

And the best way to find out, is to visit one of our schools.

Cheryl Giovannoni, Chief Executive

An education where girls learn without limits

In our schools, nothing holds a girl back.  Every opportunity is open to girls. They are encouraged to take on every role and every subject. And they step out into the world confident in their ability to take on any challenge they choose – whether the world is ready for them or not.

As leaders in educating girls, we focus on developing the skills and character to prepare them for the future. 

Our teachers are dedicated to inspiring every one of our girls, and trained to unleash their potential. 

Our schools offer a broad range of subject options, supported by the GDST to ensure our education is cutting-edge and forward-thinking. 

Bespoke GDST skills workshops support life beyond and after school: from understanding finance to preparing your CV or asking for that pay rise. 

Our academic results speak for themselves: in 2018 the proportion of top GCSE grades achieved by our students was three-and-a-half times the national average

Clubs and Opportunites  

Every GDST school provides an array of extra-curricular activities, encompassing sports, arts, music, drama, debating, and more.

And the GDST family offers further unique opportunities through a variety of innovative events, from our annual Techathon to challenge digital minds, to junior science extravaganzas, sports rallies and our Young Leaders’ Conference for Sixth Formers.

The GDST-wide Positive programme aims to look after the emotional health, wellbeing and resilience of our staff and pupils, by improving our knowledge and understanding of ourselves and each other.