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Our difference

The Girls’ Day School Trust is a unique family of 25 schools and academies, united in our aims and aspirations. We have unrivalled expertise in teaching girls, developed over many decades.

Our girls enjoy a first class education

The GDST has always pioneered innovation in education for girls. Our girls enjoy a first class education (thanks to inspirational teachers), outperforming their peers in both state and independent schools.

  • GDST girls learn without limits, in the ideal environment, free of gender-stereotyping and distraction.
  • GDST girls have the opportunities to play every role. Girls are the leaders. They play every character in the play, take every seat on the student council & play every position on every team.

Our girls regularly outperform their peers in state and independent schools

  • Girls-only schools tend to dominate exam league tables. Three quarters of all GDST GSCE results were graded A*/A or 9, 8, 7 in 2017. Almost 50% of our girls’ A Levels were grade A* or A in 2017.
  • Girls from girls-only schools tend to do better in the job market. Two thirds of our girls go on to Russell Group universities, and one in 16 GDST girls gained a place at Oxford or Cambridge.
  • Participation in maths, science and technology is higher among girls in girls-only schools. Almost 50% of GDST girls took A Level maths or a science in 2017.

Our girls thrive because we understand, more than anyone, how girls learn and develop

The GDST believes in the advantages of a single-sex education for girls; we have unrivalled expertise in teaching girls, developed over many decades.

  • GDST girls are encouraged to speak up, take intellectual risks, ask questions and make suggestions.
  • GDST school culture respects, nurtures, challenges and empowers girls to take the initiative, creating confident, adventurous girls. 

Our girls are supported and guided throughout their education because pastoral care is as important to us as results

  • Our girls are happy, healthy, confident and balanced, providing them with an unparalleled preparation for life to come.
  • Our girls benefit from a huge array of clubs, sports and events embedded in an enriched curriculum.
  • The Positive Project, a GDST-wide initiative, was created to encourage our girls to talk openly about emotions and mental health in school.
  • Sports for all – whether elite or beginner, GDST girls participate in all sports, to develop friendships, team skills, leadership & resilience, as well as physical fitness.
  • All GDST schools have a dedicated nurse, with whom they are able to chat about personal and private matters.

Our girls are part of a unique family

The GDST is a unique family of schools and alumnae – all supporting one another – providing a wealth of opportunities for mentoring and exposure to successful former students.

  • 19,000 GDST girls across the country
  • Over 76,000 alumnae living in over 100 countries around the world. Notable alumnae include Oscar-winning designers, prize-winning authors, cutting-edge scientists, passionate campaigners, legendary broadcasters, go-getting entrepreneurs, confident businesswomen, illustrious professors, dedicated police and armed forces officers, Olympian sportswomen and distinguished lawyers.
  • Almost 200 GDST girls benefit from our 11 insight days per year, spending career taster days with leading blue chip companies such as Citi-group, Rolls Royce, PwC and Siemens.
  • Our alumnae have participated enthusiastically in 250 mentoring partnerships since 2014.
  • In 2018, 3% of all female MPs are GDST girls.

Our girls come from all walks of life

The GDST stands up for all girls, everywhere, thanks to our generous bursary scheme. We support the progress of all women and girls, using international and local outreach to improve the education, and futures, of as many girls as possible.

  • One in five GDST girls in our senior schools and Sixth Forms receive financial assistance (21%)
  • Over £11.2 million was invested in bursaries in 2017
  • Each year there are around 1,000 GDST girls receiving bursary assistance