Since 1998, just over 6,600 women across the UK have benefited from the life-changing opportunity of a GDST education thanks to our bursary programme.


Our bursaries provide life-changing opportunities to promising girls and young women whose circumstances mean they would otherwise be unable to access an independent education.

We know that the impact of our bursary awards extends beyond the individual recipient, to their families, wider communities and the future networks they will create. You can read about how lives have been transformed by GDST bursaries here.

During the 2021-22 school year, 1,025 pupils were supported – this equates to nearly 10% of the students in our fee-paying senior schools, with over four in ten receiving full bursaries.

However, despite offering far more bursaries and other forms of financial assistance than many other independent schools, we could only make 202 new bursary awards for the 2021-22 school in response to 1,222 applications. We do not wish to see girls and young women with potential deprived of the chance to join us.

We want to increase the philanthropic support we receive so we can commit to making more awards each and every year. Put simply, the GDST wants to change more lives.

In addition to our bursary programme, external philanthropic income also enables us to expand and enhance our outreach projects and partnership programmes. This crucial work allows us to raise aspirations generally in our local communities and further afield, whilst also helping us identifying future bursary candidates.

Donations of all sizes are greatly appreciated, and all contributions will have a meaningful impact.

The easiest way to donate is online. If you need assistance, please contact the Philanthropy Team via email or by calling +44(0)20 7393 6898.

Thank you in advance for playing your part in reaching as many girls as possible.


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