Excellence

GSA schools are internationally respected for our high standards

 

True education is about developing all aspects of the individual and our schools are just as likely to encourage students to pursue excellence outside the classroom as they are within it. An extensive choice of extra-curricular activities is common place, as is experiential learning through foreign exchange programmes, sports trips and charitable projects.

Nevertheless, girls at GSA schools punch well above their weight when it comes to academic achievement. They are more likely to study and do well in STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) subjects than girls in other schools and 94% go on to higher education.

How do we do this?

A characteristic feature of GSA schools is our ability to nurture the potential of each and every child, including those who have a disability or a special educational need.  Smaller class sizes – with an average pupil-teacher ratio of 9:1 – and exemplary support mechanisms make it easier for students to form strong, mutually respectful relationships with teachers and receive the attention they need.

Women who were once GSA school girls have continued to pursue excellence throughout their adult lives.

Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, DBE, FRS, FRAS

An astrophysicist who discovered radio pulsars, for which her thesis supervisor subsequently – and controversially - shared the Nobel Prize for Physics. (Mount School, York)

Heather Clark

A doctor with the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service - who won a Pride of Britain Award for performing open heart surgery in the middle of a pub to save a man’s life - Heather has also pursued her love of dancing to championship levels. (The Red Maids School)

Carey Mulligan

Actress and former GSA student Carey Mulligan is an award-winning stage and screen actress on both sides of the Atlantic. (Woldingham School)