A message from the Presidents
We are proud to introduce ourselves as the Joint Presidents of this unique member-led organisation, founded to represent the specific interests of well over 200 state-funded girls’ schools in England.
Our schools are excitingly diverse and are found in all areas of the country: some are inner-city, some rural, some are selective, most comprehensive, some represent a particular faith group, others are fiercely non-denominational. Often our schools have a proud pioneering history in promoting gender equality and have played a key role in transforming opportunities for women over the 20th and 21st centuries. Most importantly, they all have a modern outlook and tireless commitment to supporting their students in taking up their full place in the world as empowered, ethical leaders.
We invite you to join our network and to contribute to strengthening our voice in advocating for girls’ education with a distinct commitment to the transformative power of all-girls’ schools. The leaflet ‘Leading girls’ learning’ outlines the aims and ethos of the association.
We are ambitious to grow our membership and extend our impact and influence. We have a dynamic strategic plan designed to ensure that we are a visible, vibrant and pro-active organisation show-casing the excellent work of girls’ schools. Due to Covid-19 a significant amount of our work and events are going virtual this year and we are happy to announce that we have been able to reduce our subscription rates for the academic year 2020-21.
Recent initiatives and current member benefits:
Access to our high quality Annual Leadership Conferencewith world class keynote speakers and exciting workshops. Recent conference speakers have included: Baroness Hale, Susie De Rohan Willner CEO of TOAST, Cindy Rose CEO Microsoft UK, Dr. Karen Edge UCL, Dame BarbaraStocking, President of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, RBS Executive Heather Melville OBE. “As always, an inspiring conference that gives us food for thought and reaffirms our commitment to girls- only education.” Our 2020 conference this academic year is virtual and will go live through the members hub on Friday 9th October and we are planning a similar line-up of excellent speakers.
Other first -class CPD activities - Recent examples include an innovative free coaching scheme in collaboration with GSA & Bright Field Consulting, free mentoring partnerships for colleagues new to headship in a girls’ school, links with the Women’s NPQH and NPQSL programmes, The National Mathematics and Physics SCITT. We arrange specialist seminars throughout the year beginning on 26th November 2020 with a virtual seminar day with Mary Myatt. We have also launched a Post-16 Collaborative Network where members are sharing successful sixth form initiatives and resources.
Student Leadership Conferences - Opportunities for our students to meet inspiring leaders from different fields and work collaboratively on their own leadership development. At our most recent event to mark International Women’s Day students heard from Dame Helena Morrissey CEO and author of ‘A good time to be a girl’ , Dr. Jess Wade, Physicist from Imperial College, Dr. Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, Lawyer and Activist and Dr. Marina Della Giusta, Economist.
Strategic partnerships - Development of new bespoke beneficial partnerships with other organisations with relevant interests e.g.Founders4Schools, WomenEd, Future First, Further Maths Network. These provide additional opportunities for our students to be part of STEM learning projects, wider Careers Education programmes, coding competitions.
Website Resources area for members with Good Practice Case Studies on pedagogy and leadership issues, book reviews, regular newsletters etc.
International and Research partnerships – as a strategic partner for the Global Forum onGirls’ Education we have direct access to international research and findings related to girls’ education and opportunities to devise and commission UK based research. We can also offer discounted rates for Associate Membership of other Girls’ Schools Network e.g the USA based National Coalition of Girls’ Schools and the UK Girls’ Schools Association.
Networking and event opportunities such as International Day of the Girl, Women of the World (WOW) Festival, Partnership of Equals Conference, Model United Nations Conferences.
Lobbying government on policy development and partnership work with teacher unions on initiatives such as flexible working
We believe that through our collaborative network we can continue to challenge each other to develop innovative and excellent provision, to provide enhanced learning opportunities for our staff and students and to celebrate the exceptional benefits of our distinctive learning environments. We do hope you will choose to join us and contribute to strengthening the reach and impact of our association.
Violet Walker and Andy Platt
Joint Presidents 2020-21