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The Girls’ Schools Association (GSA) represents the heads of many of the top performing day and boarding schools in the UK independent schools sector and is the main professional association to which the heads of senior independent girls’ schools belong. It is a member of the Independent Schools Council (ISC).
The GSA encourages high standards of education for girls and promotes the benefits of being taught in a largely girls-only environment. Academic performance is impressive; GSA schools are widely recognised for their exceptional record of examination achievements and 96% of students progress to university.
Nevertheless, GSA schools are just as likely to encourage excellence outside the classroom with an impressive choice of extra-curricular activities. They provide an environment in which girls can grow in confidence and ability. In a girls’ school, the needs and aspirations of girls are the main focus, and the staff are specialists in the teaching of girls. Girls hold all the senior positions in the school, and are encouraged by positive role models in the schools’ teaching staff and management. Expectations are high. In GSA schools, girls do not just have equal opportunities, they have every opportunity. Members of the GSA share a commitment to the values and benefits of single-sex schools for girls, and a belief that all girls, regardless of educational setting, deserve the opportunity to realise their potential, to be active and equal, confident and competent leaders, participants and contributors.
Former GSA school pupils are among the most noteworthy high achievers of the UK and indeed the world. They include world leading scientists, international charity campaigners, famous actresses, foreign correspondents, Olympic medallists and business women at the highest levels.
The GSA provides a full programme of professional development and support to members and represents their views when advising and lobbying educational policy makers.
Officers 2016
Caroline Jordan
Headington School
President Elect 2017:
Charlotte Avery
St Mary's School, Cambridge
President Elect 2018:
Gwen Byrom
Loughborough High School
Christine Edmundson
Palmers Green High School
Officers 2017
Charlotte Avery
St Mary's School, Cambridge
Caroline Jordan
Headington School
President Elect 2018:
Gwen Byrom
Loughborough High School
Antonia Beary
Mayfield Girls
Committee Chairmen
Samantha Price
Benenden School
Sue Hincks
Bolton School Girls’ Division
Membership & Accreditation:
Claire Hewitt
Manchester High School for Girls
Professional Development:
Frances Ramsey
Queen's College London
Jo MacKenzie
Bedford Girls’ School
Universities (& GDST representative):
Hilary French
Newcastle High School for Girls GDST
Regional Representatives
Elizabeth Thomas
Abbot's Hill School
Heather Hanbury
The Lady Eleanor Holles School
Ann Clark
King Edward VI High School for Girls
North East:
Lynne Renwick
Durham High School for Girls
North West:
Louise Robinson
Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ School
Anna Tomlinson
St Margaret's School for Girls, Aberdeen
South Central:
Jane Prescott
Portsmouth High School GDST
South East:
Paul Mitchell
Cobham Hall
South West & Wales:
Felicia Kirk
St Mary's Calne
ISC Vice Chairman:
Alice Phillips
St Catherine's, Bramley
Interim Operations Director:
Christine Edmundson
Membership Director:
Jane Carroll
Executive Assistant:
Jeven Sharma
Membership Manager:
Kate Williams
Conference & Events Manager:
Emily Hall
Digital Manager:
Imogen Vanderpump
Communications Manager:
Rachel Kerr
Finance Manager:
Jean Walklett
Girls’ Schools Association
Suite 105, 108 New Walk, Leicester, LE1 7EA
Tel: 0116 254 1619 • email: office@gsa.uk.com