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About the GDST

The Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) is the UK’s leading group of independent girls’ schools, with nearly 4,000 staff and 20,000 students between the ages of three and 18.

As a charity that owns and runs a network of 24 schools and two academies in England and Wales, we reinvest all our income in our schools. Founded in 1872, the GDST has a long history of pioneering innovation in the education of girls, and art has been at the heart of our broad and balanced curriculum from the outset.

Art and design are highly valued within GDST schools, which constantly foster and encourage a stimulating environment for independent learning. Within a creative curriculum, we often link varying subject areas together, as demonstrated through this exhibition.

Over the years, many of our alumnae have gone on to careers in art, design, and related fields, including fashion designers Mary Quant and Edina Ronay, animator Hilary Audus, ceramics designer Emma Bridgewater, graphic designer Kate Moross, and Oscar-winning costume designers, Jenny Beavan and Sandy Powell. Every year, GDST Sixth Formers win coveted places on prestigious specialist art and design courses, including at Central St Martin’s, Glasgow School of Art, Ravensbourne College and Camberwell College of Art.