The Girls' Schools Association
The Girls' Schools Association (GSA) represents the heads of many of the top performing day and boarding schools in the UK independent schools sector. We have an international affiliate membership and are a member of the Independent Schools Council.
Our schools are internationally respected and have a global reputation for excellence. Their innovative practice and academic rigor attract pupils from around the world. A high percentage – 94% - of GSA students progress to higher education and GSA schools are a valuable source of high quality UK and overseas students to UK universities.
The GSA encourages high standards of education for girls and promotes the benefits of being taught in a largely girls-only environment. Girls' schools in the 21st Century come in many different shapes and sizes. Some cater 100% for 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.
A characteristic feature of our schools is their ability to nurture the potential of each 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.
GSA schools punch well above their weight when it comes to academic achievement and A Level statistics demonstrate that our students are more likely to study and do well in languages and STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects. Of course, they pursue the humanities, arts and sport with equal vigour: 14 former GSA students brought back seven Olympic medals in individual and team events as part of Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics.
GSA students develop a strong sense of social responsibility – more than 9 in 10 GSA schools are involved in partnerships with state schools or the wider community - and often go on to make a significant contribution to society. Alumnae include astrophysicists, charity founders, climate change campaigners, medical researchers, sportswomen, politicians, actresses, Nobel and Booker prize winners, musicians and mechanical engineers.
GSA schools provide more than £63million annually in means-tested bursaries and approximately a third of existing students receive help with their fees. We are committed to improving and enabling access to our schools and look forward to meeting many new parents at this year's Independent Schools Show.