The Girls’ Day School Trust
A leading family of independent girls’ schools
We are incredibly fortunate to belong to the GDST – the Girls’ Day School Trust. As a well established and historical organisation, the GDST is totally girl centred and has years and years of expertise in girls’ education behind it. Moving with the times, the GDST is now a modern, progressive organisation with a huge team of experts from all walks of life ensuring its provision remains at the top of its game. This is why with a GDST education, your daughter is in safe and expert hands.
As an individual school, NGHS is pretty special and incredibly successful. As a member of a family of 25 schools across the country, we are even stronger and have a lot more to offer than our competitors.
The GDST Spirit
Girls from GDST schools are proud, confident and always have something to say. The ethos of the GDST is to provide an education in which girls learn without limits, being held back by nothing and going on to become leaders of the future. Their video captures this sentiment perfectly:
GDST Bursaries and Scholarships
The GDST is keen to provide bright girls with the opportunity to study at its schools including here at NGHS. Of course, not every family is able to fund such an education for their daughters, and so there is help at hand where it is needed.
Offering financial assistance of anything between 30% and 100% of the school fees, the GDST Bursary Scheme means that girls who are keen and do well in their original assessment can have the opportunity to go forward and experience the expert teaching and learning of a GDST environment. Some of our most amazing success stories have their origins with a bursary funded pupil and we’re so proud and delighted to be able to offer them this opportunity.
Exciting Inter-school Events
One of the most amazing benefits of being part of the GDST family of schools is that we get to take part in some fun, exciting, inspirational and educational collaborations. From the Infant and Junior School right up to the Sixth Form there are wonderful opportunities to get involved in GDST events and competitions offering great experiences, the chance to work with girls from other schools, and even win prizes!
Over the years girls from NGHS have taken part in so many varied GDST initiatives from sporting events such as the Trust Rallies, to scientific competitions; from GDST Young Musician to the GDST Bake-Off. There really has been something to get involved with from every discipline. And in the Sixth Form, as girls prepare to leave and take on the world, the Young Leaders Conference provides them with the opportunity to take part in workshops, create charitable business campaigns and work with girls from our sister schools to present them.
GDST and Guided Home Learning
We have all had to face many changes during the past year and adapt our teaching and learning provision due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown restrictions. ‘Guided Home Learning’ is a phrase that rings in all of our ears these days as girls and staff have had to swap the school setting for a home one for long periods of time.
As a progressive and innovative school, NGHS has been able to adapt swiftly and successfully to ensure that our pupils still receive the highest standard of education possible. With the help of dedicated staff and state of the art technology, our guided home learning programme has been highly praised by our parent community. As part of the GDST we also have the benefit of its many years of expertise and a team of staff who follow our own passion for delivering an excellent education, whatever the circumstances.
There has been a lot of help available from the GDST during this crisis as you will see in this Guided Home Learning booklet. And for those girls in particularly crucial GCSE and A-Level years of study, there has been invaluable help through the GDST Limitless Learning programmes for Year 11 and Year 13.
We help girls to be confident, happy and fearless. In our schools, nothing holds them back.Cheryl Giovannoni – Chief Executive, GDST
We are all familiar with our sister GDST schools because they are part of our family. We share their news, we compete with them in sporting and other contests and we collaborate with them in countless projects.
Many people may not be aware however, of the successes of former GDST school girls, their alumnae. Some of the most famous and successful women in society have come from a GDST background. Who hasn’t heard of Olivia Colman (Norwich High School for Girls); Mary Quant (Blackheath High School); Sophie Raworth (Putney High School); Angellica Bell (Notting Hill and Ealing High School) and our very own Dame Rosemary Squire to name but a few. There are lots more at this link and even more besides.
A GDST education gave all of these women their confidence, their belief that they could follow their dreams, their leadership qualities, and of course an outstanding education framing all of this. Our girls at NGHS have these aspirations to match and with the backing and support of the GDST there is no reason why we should not continue to nurture and educate female leaders and role models for years to come.
Once a GDST girl, always a GDST girl. The Alumnae Network is vast and continues to grow and we continue to benefit from this too. It provides us with an endless supply of inspirational speakers, of role models, of careers guidance as each school shares its alumnae across the network. The success of the past feeds the future of GDST girls.
The Present and Future
Present days have demanded new requirements from all of us as individuals and also from NGHS as a school and the GDST as an organisation. We have already mentioned the Guided Home Learning provision and how incredibly successful it has been for our girls. But the community is made up of more than just the girls, there are the parents and staff to take into account too.
With access to influential and expert speakers the GDST has provided an excellent series of GDST Talks on a whole range of topical subjects for parents to tune into online. From helping children understand the Covid crisis and deal with a sometimes frightening world, to discussing racism and eating well to stay healthy – there are issues relevant to everybody and the talks have proved very successful and popular. Some can still be accessed on this dedicated YouTube channel. Similarly, beginning in the 2021/2022 academic year, the GDST launched a series of podcasts entitled Raise her Up which have also attracted a lot of attention with over 3K views so far in over 24 countries. You can tune in HERE or wherever you find your podcasts normally.
Diversity and Inclusion
Shocking events during the summer of 2020 led us all to take a good look at ourselves and just how we deal with issues of diversity and inclusion. However well we believe we are dealing with racism there is always room for education and improvement in the future. The GDST used this time to draw up its Undivided Charter for Action across the family of schools to show its, and our, commitment to diversity, inclusion and real change.
We are Family
It is clear that there are many benefits to being part of a large family such as the GDST. It has invested many years in girls’ education and has the capacity to keep building, improving and changing with the times. And it’s not just about academic excellence either. The dedication to pastoral care is also hugely important and being part of the Positive Schools Programme is just one way of ensuring that the wellbeing needs of pupils AND staff are being met.
There is also an ongoing commitment to outreach and partnerships across the individual schools and across the Trust itself which has links with HSBC, The Ogden Trust and other charitable trusts too.
When you join NGHS there is much more on offer than just what the school can do for you, there is a wealth of provision borne of years of experience and expertise and it’s all there for the taking.