The Girls' Day School Trust (GDST) is a group of 26 independent schools - 24 schools and two Academies - in England and Wales, catering for pupils aged 3 to 18. It is the largest group of independent schools in the UK, and educates 20,000 girls each year. It was formed in 1872 to provide affordable day school (non-boarding) education for girls as The Girls' Public Day School Company (1872–1905), then The Girls' Public Day School Trust (1906–1998).
The GDST is a registered charity in the United Kingdom. In 2006–7 it had a gross income of £177million,
The origins of the GDST can be traced back to the Schools Enquiry Commission set up in 1864 to survey the field of male and female secondary schools, which concluded that there was a "general deficiency" in the provision of secondary education for girls.
The challenge to provide education for girls aged over ten was tackled by Maria Grey and her sister Emily Shirreff, who had previously publishedThoughts on Self Culture, which pointed out the shortage of education for women in England.... Read More