Leading girls’ education
The GDST is the leading network of independent girls’ schools in the UK, with nearly 4,000 staff and 20,000 students in our 24 schools and two academies. The majority of GDST schools take girls all through, from the age of three to 18 (there are about 6,000 pupils in GDST Junior schools). Founded in 1872, the GDST has a long history of pioneering innovation in the education of girls, and is the largest single educator of girls in the UK (and the UK’s largest educational charity).
Working with the GDST
Many teachers have never contemplated working in the independent sector, yet every year teachers join the GDST from the maintained sector, or as NQTs, and are pleasantly surprised by both the similarities and the differences.
The GDST provides an excellent range of employment opportunities throughout England and Wales. GDST staff benefit from our 140-year history of excellence and innovation in girls’ education, with many opportunities to share ideas and best practice with colleagues across the network. They have access to an extensive central training and professional development programme to complement school-based INSET, and also funding grants for individual courses of study.
Competitive salary scales and other excellent conditions of service are standard across the GDST, and employees have access to pension schemes and a range of other staff benefits.
The GDST is committed to the safeguarding of children, and child protection screening applies to all posts.