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Benefits of GDST

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LondonMum8 Sat 28-Jan-17 22:32:58

What are the concrete benefits confered to pupils by school's membership in GDST. From what I've gathered so far they organise some interschool events such as a maths competition. On the flipside, any actual downsides to the GDST brand (e.g. more bureaucracy/less flexibility)?

NancyJoan Thu 02-Feb-17 15:01:47

My daughter is at a GDST school, not a London one, I also worked there before I had DS. As far as I can tell, the school is very much autonomous in terms of day to day running, the major benefits are financial. Being part of a large trust gives them access to funding for big spend projects that they might otherwise not be able to afford.

Also, the GDST has a huge alumni network, which means they have contacts in every industry and field you can imagine, which can be very useful when they get to 16+ and are looking for mentors etc.

I certainly don't think it's a reason to discount a school.

CruCru Thu 02-Feb-17 18:22:17

Don't GDST schools also tend to be a bit cheaper? I'm sure that Brighton and Hove High School was much cheaper than Brighton College (although this was back in the day - may have changed).

wickerlampshade Thu 02-Feb-17 20:06:32

yes, usually a little cheaper
The GDST funded the whole cost of South Hampstead's swanky new building

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