A message from the Presidents - JANUARY 2018
We are proud to introduce ourselves as the Joint Presidents of this unique member-led organization, founded to represent the specific interests of 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 leaders, movers and shakers.
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 organization show-casing the excellent work of girls’ schools.
Recent initiatives and current member benefits:
- Access to our high quality Annual Leadership Conference with world class keynote speakers and exciting workshops at member rates. Our conference in 2017 was supported by, amongst others, Baroness Hale, Susie De Rohan Willner CEO of TOAST, Dame Barbara Stocking, President of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, RBS Executive Heather Melville OBE. Our 2018 conference is booked for QEII Conference Centre Westminster on 5th October and we are planning a similar quality line-up of speakers.
- Student Leadership Conferences- opportunities for our students to meet inspiring leaders from different fields and work collaboratively on their own leadership development. There is a forthcoming student leadership conference in Birmingham, and previous conferences have focused on computing, mathematics and engineering.
- Development of new bespoke beneficial partnerships with other organisations with relevant interests e.g.Founders4Schools, WomensEd, Future First, Further Maths Network
- First class CPD activities e.g. in collaboration with GSA & BrightField Consulting an innovative free coaching scheme for SLT http://www.asgs.org.uk/News/Mentoring-Programme-for-Prospective-Leaders free mentoring partnerships for colleagues new to headship in a girls’ school, The National Mathematics and Physics SCITT
- Resources area for members with new parent leaflets e.g. ‘Why choose a girls’ school?’, Good Practice Case Studies on pedagogy and leadership issues, regular newsletters.
- International and Research partnerships – as a strategic partner for the Global Forum on Girls’ Education June 2018 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, 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.
Sharon Cromie Jane Burton
Joint President Joint President