Social Mobility & Access

We are committed to improving social mobility and enabling access to our schools


An increasing number of parents, who didn’t attend an independent school themselves, aspire to give their daughters the kind of high quality education which GSA schools provide.

The GSA is committed to improving social mobility and enabling access to our schools. A range of bursaries and other financial support exists to help children from less well-off families to attend GSA schools and approximately a third of existing students receive help with their fees.

Our partnerships with state schools also contribute to social mobility, and we are at the heart of numerous projects that help to raise the aspirations and attainment levels of individual students.

So many successful women – and men – wouldn’t have had the positive start they did if it weren’t for a GSA bursary or the impact of a GSA community project on their childhood.

Katherine Vincent

Katharine contributed to the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. She is a former consultant for the Regional Hunger and Vulnerability Programme, providing advice to African governments, and one of Africa’s top 20 women in financial services technology.
(Portsmouth High School)

Dame Janet Smith

A British judge and President of the Council of The Inns of Court. She is perhaps best known as the judge who prepared The Shipman Inquiry. In 2013 she was named one of the 100 most powerful women in the UK by BBC Radio 4’s Woman's Hour programme.
(Bolton School Girls’ Division)

Dr Sarah Fane

Dr Sarah Fane is Founder of Afghan Connection which helps to construct and equip schools in rural Afghanistan and provide literary training. Afghan Connection also supports medical training, hospital and clinic refurbishment.
(St Catherine’s, Bramley)