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Description: GSA
The Girls’ Schools Association represents the Heads of a diverse range of girls’ schools among which are some of the top-performing schools in the UK. Members are united by their commitment to educating girls in a girls-only environment which provides freedom from gender stereotypes, enabling girls to grow into themselves without pressure to conform to gender-weighted expectations.
The GSA helps girls and their teachers to flourish and is a powerful, well-respected voice within the educational establishment, highlighting the benefits of girls’ schools, helping to inform and influence the national and international education debate, undertaking and collating pertinent research, and enabling continual professional development through a wide range of collaborative conferences and courses.
GSA schools are internationally respected and have an impressive global reputation for excellence in and out of the classroom, attracting pupils from around the world. They encourage the highest standards of education, pastoral care and co-curricular activity, with a wealth of extra-curricular opportunity in art, music, drama, sport and more. They share experience, specialisms, events and facilities in a variety of independent–state school partnerships, and some schools offer means-tested bursaries for families of limited financial means.
New research* has shown that girls in girls’ schools are more confident and emotionally in control. Further, girls in GSA schools are significantly more likely to study STEM (science, technology, engineering & maths) subjects and take up sport. GSA schools are widely recognised for their exceptional academic provision and performance with the majority of pupils progressing to top universities. (*Soft Skills Development & Gender, AQR International - see https://gsa.uk.com/research/soft-skills-2021/)
Twenty-first century girls’ schools come in many different shapes and sizes. Whether they are day, boarding, junior, senior, large, small, urban or rural, the education they provide ensures girls have numerous opportunities to realise their potential as active, equal, confident and competent leaders, participants and contributors. Former GSA school students are among the most noteworthy high achievers of the UK and indeed the world. Often thriving in traditionally male-dominated professions, they include world leading scientists, international campaigners and activists, artists and actresses, foreign correspondents, Olympic medallists and businesswomen at the highest levels.
The GSA works closely with the Association of School and College Leaders, is a member of the Independent Schools Council, and joins hands with organisations in the UK and internationally – such as the Association of State Girls’ School (UK), the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (US) and the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia – in the interests of girls’ education worldwide.
Officers 2021–2022
Samantha Price
Benenden School
Jane Prescott
Portsmouth High School GDST
President Elect:
Heather Hanbury
Lady Eleanor Holles School
Antonia Beary
Mayfield School
Committee Chairs
Liz Hewer
St George’s School, Ascot
Alex Hutchinson
James Allen’s Girls’ School
Heather Hanbury
Lady Eleanor Holles School
Membership & Accreditation:
Wendy Kempster
Palmers Green High School
Sport and Wellness:
Sarah Wilson
Heathfield School
Millan Sachania
Streatham & Clapham High School GDST
Regional Representatives
Bronwen Goulding
St Francis’ College
Millan Sachania
Streatham & Clapham High School GDST
Richard Nicholson
Warwick Independent Schools Foundation
North East:
Nina Gunson
Sheffield High School GDST
North West:
Sarah Haslam
Withington Girls’ School
Alex Hems
St Georges School for Girls, Edinburgh
South Central:
Jane Gandee
St Swithun’s School
South East:
Anna King
Notre Dame School
South West & Wales:
Jessica Miles
Monmouth School for Girls
Chief Executive:
Donna Stevens
Membership Director:
Sue Hincks
Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive:
Jeven Sharma
Membership Manager:
Jannette Davison
Conference & Events Manager:
Jennifer Purser
Operations Manager:
Imogen Vanderpump
Finance Officer:
Rehana Alimahomed
Girls’ Schools Association
Suite 105, 108 New Walk, Leicester, LE1 7EA
Tel: 0116 254 1619 • email: • website: gsa.uk.com