The Girls' Day School Trust

The Girls' Day School Trust

Charity information

The Girls' Day School Trust

The GDST is the UK's leading network of independent girls’ schools, educating approximately 8% of all girls at UK independent schools.

We have a passion for not just providing girls with an outstanding education but for equipping them for life. We want them to do well, to be happy, and to leave us with confidence and composure, ready for anything the world puts their way.

Our vision is to have a Bursary Fund large enough to support every bright girl who requires a bursary.

Founded 1872

  • Mission statement

    Founded in 1872 by female philanthropists, the GDST works at preparing today’s promising girls to become tomorrow’s confident, committed and successful young women. No one understands girls better than we do, and is better at helping them learn and grow in a climate of encouragement and warmth.

    The GDST has enabled generations of girls to break through social barriers by providing an outstanding education. As the largest network of girls’ schools in the UK, we award more life-changing bursaries to bright, talented girls, irrespective of their family background, than any other independent school organisation. We know that these girls thrive in GDST schools and will go on to enrich the professional and social communities they will become part of.

    Our vision is that no girl will be turned away based on their families ability to pay. We want to create a Bursary Fund large enough to support every bright girl who requires a bursary. Our friends and supporters have helped to raise funds towards this vision, but even after this and spending a significant proportion of our fee income on bursaries, we are still not able to make awards to bright young girls who would greatly benefit from the inspiring education we offer.

  • Aims

    The Girls' Day School Trust aims to:

    • Lead in girls’ education. We pride ourselves in making sure every one of our schools and academies offers an outstanding all-round education at every age and stage.
    • Put Girls first. Put the girls’ interests, happiness and wellbeing first at all times. Encourage each girl to be the best she can be and to reach her full potential.
    • Turn no girl away based on their families ability to pay. We are committed to allowing as many girls as possible to benefit from the inspiring education we offer.
  • Overview

    Established: April 1872

    Registered Charity Number: 306983

    Board members: 12

    Full time staff: 3000

    Part time staff: 1000

    Volunteers: 100

    Phone number: 0207 393 6666

    Address: 100 Rochester Row SW1P 1JP

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