How we work

GST Heads build their schools’ identity and vision on the three shared pillars of proud traditions, wide horizons and high achievement. Each school is very different but has palpable family resemblance expressed in many ways including:

  • the quality of relationships
  • the expectation that every pupil will reach national norms as a minimum
  • a constantly developing physical environment.

All Heads have the support of a dedicated education lead and access to the whole HQ team.

GST schools do not teach young people to know their place, but rather to discover their talents and passions and to take their places in society, making a difference through leadership and service wherever their futures may take them.

GST staff build aspiration amongst students to be the next generation of artists, scientists, musicians, entrepreneurs, sports professionals and political and business leaders. Breadth of provision and diversity of ambition go hand in hand.

The success of this approach is evidenced in the fact that pupil progress is ‘good’ in all GST schools and in more than half it is ‘outstanding’. At the outset we took on eight schools in failing categories and three requiring improvement. Now four schools have been judged securely ‘good’ by Ofsted and we await their validation of our judgement that at least two are outstanding. None is in a failing category.

Our financial management is of a high quality, evidenced in two consecutive unqualified audits from one of the leaders in the field.

We take a strategic approach to asset management with an estate plan designed to deliver the Trust’s vision using the principles of ISO 55000.

Our Board has strength in education, enhanced by strategic, commercial and financial expertise.