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Girls' Day School Trust (GDST) and predecessors

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0366 GDS
Held at: Institute of Education
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Full title: Girls' Day School Trust (GDST) and predecessors
Date(s): 1872-2005
Level of description: collection
Extent: [120 boxes]
Name of creator(s): Girls' Day School Trust
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The Girls' Day School Trust (GDST) is an independently run but centrally supported group of schools initially created in 1872 to advance the education of women. By 2007 the GDST was running 29 schools located across England and Wales. The motto of the trust was 'Knowledge Is Now No More a Fountain Sealed'.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of the Girls' Day School Trust (GDST) and it predecessors, 1872-2005, including corporate records, 1872-2002; shareholders records, 1872-[1950]; financial records; papers relating to the central governance of the schools, 1920-2000; papers relating to the general central administration and organisation of the schools; papers relating to curriculum and teaching; papers relating to inspections and examinations; papers relating to scholarships and prizes; papers relating to school property; papers relating to staff; papers relating to students and pupils; papers relating to current schools, 1873-2006; papers relating to former schools, 1873-1997; papers relating to teacher training; published histories of the trust and of individual schools; publicity material; papers relating to events; photographs; papers relating to the Friends of the GDST; papers relating to alumni; artefacts and historical information.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged in 22 sections as outlined in the Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

Restricted Access.

Conditions governing reproduction:


Finding aids:

A detailed catalogue for this collection is currently being compiled, check the Institute of Education website for updates.

Archival Information

Archival history:

In 1981 the Business Archives Council compiled a company archive survey of the records of the GDST. At this date the records were mainly held in the Trust's headquarters at 25 Queen Anne's Gate; Wimbledon High School; and the Trust's Surveyors Department in Sutton.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Most of the records were transferred to the archives by the GDST from Croyden High School in August 2006.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Apr 2008

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