From the Independent Schools Council Census
- The vast majority – almost 89% – of GSA pupils are day pupils.
- Just over 11% of pupils in GSA schools are boarders. Of these, 90% are full boarders; 6% are weekly boarders; 4% are flexi-boarders.
- There are 7,030 non-British pupils at GSA schools, 53% of them have parents living overseas, 47% have parents living in the UK.
- 29% of pupils at GSA schools are from a minority ethnic background.
- 95.8% of GSA pupils go on to Higher Education with 3.9% of these choosing to study overseas.
- There is one teacher for every 8.5 pupils in GSA schools.
- GSA schools provide more than £69 million annually in means-tested bursaries, with over 25% of all pupils receiving fee assistance from their school (and 8.6% receiving means-tested fee assistance).
- 54% of GSA pupils on means-tested bursaries have more than half of their fees remitted.
- 100% of GSA schools are involved in partnerships with state schools or the wider community.
More Likely to Study & Do Well in ‘Difficult’ Subjects
Girls at Girls’ Schools Association (GSA) schools achieve a disproportionately large share of the top grades in Sciences, Maths and Languages. They are 75% more likely to take Maths A-level, 70% more likely to take Chemistry, two and a half times as likely to take Physics and are over twice as likely to take most languages. ¹ Bucking national trends, over 55% of girls at GSA schools take a STEM subject at A-level. Just under two fifths take Maths and just over two fifths take at least one science. In Physics, for example, 13.4% of all entries from girls come from GSA schools, (above the 5.2% baseline), but they are awarded 25.9% of the A*s and 20.5% of the A or A* grades. A quarter of girls in GSA schools take at least one language A-level and they are twice as likely to take French or Spanish at A level. In French, for example, the percentage of entries from GSA schools is 12.2%, but they are awarded 31.7% of the A* grades and 21.1% of the A or A*s. See Girls Who Go To Girls’ Schools Do Better At ‘Hard’ A Levels and How Good Are Girls
- Half of the Sunday Times top 10 independent schools are GSA schools.*
- Six of the top 11 schools for sending students to Russell Group universities are GSA schools².
- Four of the top 11 schools for sending students to Oxbridge are GSA schools².
Working in Partnership
100% of GSA schools are involved in partnerships with state schools or the wider community.
* Sunday Times Parent Power 2015
¹ from DfE 2012 exam data – GSA girls compared with all girls in all schools
² Department for Education leaver destination figures, as analysed by the Telegraph (2011 figures, first released 2014).