Girls' Day School Trust

Girls' Day School Trust


We are proud to be part of the Girls’ Day School Trust, the UK’s largest Education Charity.

With an outstanding track record in educational innovation and the highest standards of teaching and learning to support academic excellence, the GDST is dedicated to ensuring that its 23 schools and two academies are each equipped with the finest teachers and facilities.

Being a member of the GDST guarantees that Northwood College for Girls’ teachers benefit from the most up to date educational resources, training and support network; and that each one of our girls has the opportunity to participate in a wide range of scholarships, competitions, awards and prizes, as well as, benefit from a spectrum of GDST learning initiatives, training, seminars and workshops.  

At GCSE and A Level, GDST pupils outperform not just the general population of schools, but specifically those from the rest of the independent school sector and in recent years almost 80% of GDST students going on to university did so at Russell Group universities such as Oxford and Cambridge.


What is the GDST?

The UK’s leading network of independent girls’ schools, educating nearly 20,000 students between the ages of three and eighteen (around 8% of all girls at UK independent schools) and employing over 3,500 staff. 

As a charity that owns and runs a network of 23 schools and two academies in England and Wales, it is the largest single educator of girls in the UK and reinvests all its income in these schools.

Founded in 1872, the GDST has a long history of pioneering innovation in girls’ education.

Who is the GDST?

The GDST is a modern, vibrant organisation with a passion not just for educating girls but for equipping them for life. The GDST’s objectives are that its girls to do well academically, are happy, and leave school with confidence and composure, ready for anything the world puts their way.

Why are the GDST girls-only?

Because experience has proven that girls not only work better, but develop more readily, and have more confidence to stretch themselves, when in a mutually supportive environment.

How does the GDST work?

Each of the GDST schools and academies is different but, like a family, each shares some of its DNA with the others. Running through all GDST schools and academies is the belief that each girl is unique, and that each of them needs to be encouraged and channelled in her own way.

For more information on the GDST and to learn about what a GDST school will offer your daughter please visit


Chair of Trustees: Juliet Humphries

c/o Girls' Day School Trust, 100 Rochester Row, London, SW1P 1JP

Tel: 0207 393 6666

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The quality of the pupils’ personal development is outstanding, with its highly effective emphasis on their welfare, safeguarding and well-being.

ISI Report 2012
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