About the GSA

What is the GSA?

 

The Girls’ Schools Association helps girls and their teachers to flourish. We represent the Heads of a diverse range of independent UK girls’ schools (day & boarding) including many of the top performing  schools in the UK independent sector.

GSA schools are experts in educating girls. They encourage the highest standards of education, pastoral care and co-curricular activity, and provide a wealth of extra-curricular opportunities in art, music, drama, sport and more. Our schools share experience, specialisms, opportunities and facilities with state sector schools in a wide range of partnerships. Many also provide means-tested bursaries for families of limited financial means.

Many of the schools in our membership were founded in the nineteenth century when a national movement to provide better education for girls and women gathered momentum. Campaigners founded new schools in which girls studied similar subjects to boys – a far cry from the superficial curriculum they had previously been given. Today, 21st century girls’ schools come in many different shapes and sizes. Some cater for 100% girls, others provide a predominantly girls-only environment with boys in the nursery and/or sixth form. Some follow a diamond model, with equal numbers of boys but separate classrooms between the ages of 11 to 16.

The GSA highlights the benefits of being taught in a predominantly girls-only environment, helping to inform and influence the national educational debate and providing the teachers in our schools with a wide range of professional development activities and opportunities to share best practice. We are a member of the Independent Schools Council, the body which represents all leading independent schools in the UK.