The Girls' School Association (GSA) represents over 150 independent girls' schools across the UK. GSA schools are experts in educating girls and they encourage the highest standards of education, pastoral care and co-curricular activity, and provide a wealth of extra-curricular opportunities in art, music, drama, sport and more.

Many of the schools were founded in the nineteenth century when a national movement to provide better education for girls and women gathered momentum. Campaigners founded new schools in which girls studied similar subjects to boys – a far cry from the superficial curriculum they had previously been given.

Boarding in a GSA school nowadays is very much a multi-national experience, with many boarders coming from outside the UK. The overwhelming majority of students board full time, which means they are immersed in a rich, energising environment with plenty of opportunities to make friends and mix with fellow students in the evenings and at weekends as well as during the school day.

There is a high ratio of teachers to pupils in GSA schools and 96% of GSA students go on to university, which is higher than in the independent school sector as a whole (92%).

Exam results show that girls who attend a GSA school have a better chance of escaping the usual gender stereotypes. They are far more likely to study subjects such as Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics to Advanced Level. Modern Foreign Languages, Art and Drama also flourish in GSA schools.

GSA boarding schools provide plenty of opportunities for students to excel outside the classroom. Multi-talented students blossom, while activities such as public speaking and debating help develop the kind of poise and self-belief that employers value highly.

Out of the 170 schools represented by the GSA, around 60 currently offer full boarding. At CIS, we want to find the right school for you, not just academically, but also a perfect fit for your daughter's personality.

Benefits of an All-Girls' Education

It has been proven that girls studying at girls' only schools are more likely to do well with difficult subjects. Girls at GSA schools achieve a proportionately larger share of the top grades in sciences, maths and languages.

For more detailed information about the GSA, please visit their website www.gsa.uk.com

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