The Girls’ Schools Association helps girls and their teachers to flourish. We represent the Heads of a diverse range of UK girls’ schools (day & boarding) among which are some of the top-performing schools in the UK.
GSA schools are experts in educating girls. They encourage the highest standards of education, pastoral care and co-curricular activity, with a wealth of extra-curricular opportunity in art, music, drama, science, sport and more. They share experience, specialisms, events and facilities in a variety of inter-school partnerships, and some of our independent sector schools offer means-tested bursaries for families of limited means.
GSA highlights the benefits of being taught in a predominantly girls-only environment, helping to inform and influence the national education debate and enabling continual professional development through a wide range of collaborative conferences and courses.
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.
We work closely with the Association of School and College Leaders, are a member of the Independent Schools Council, and join hands with organisations in the UK and internationally – such as the Association of State Girls’ Schools (UK), the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (USA) and the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia – in the interests of girls’ education worldwide.