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Croydon High students benefit from an unrivalled expertise in teaching girls, developed in GDST schools over many decades.
The Gesell Developmental Schedule Test (GDST) assesses a child's development during the first six years.
The theme of Wednesday's GDST event was 'Circles of Influence -- enhancing employability and creating a culture of networking', in which delegates heard from speakers including Sacha Romanovitch, CEO-elect of Grant Thornton legal firm and a panel of headteachers and students.
Helen Fraser, chief executive of the GDST and former managing director of Penguin Books, told The Sunday Times: "It used to be believed that women were less likely to help others with career advancement because of fear of professional rivalry or of being undermined.
She said: "Our students do so well at GCSE because GDST schools offer tremendous 'added value' as part of a broad, all-round education.
On leaving HCC, every student becomes a member of the GDST Alumnae Network, the country's largest little black book, with more than 70,000 members.
The event, attended by nearly 200 girls from schools across the GDST network, involved teams competing to devise a campaign to encourage more women to pursue careers in technology.
Christine Sillis, director at the GDST, added: "The new school in Jesmond is the latest in a major investment and development programme to support and promote girls' education.
The project, supported by the Girls' Day School Trust (GDST) and Esri UK, saw students from 24 GDST schools plot location data on a Geographical Information Systems (GIS) map alongside answers to questions about life in their local area.
Belvedere Academy, in Princes Park, which opened in 2007, had not received any of its pounds 980,000 from sponsors The Girls' Day School Trust (GDST) and HSBC.
Sue Bridgett, of the Girls' Day School Trust (GDST) said the survey offered a fascinating insight into the professional lives of women.
THERE'S lots of grey matter at Howell's School, Llandaff GDST - the architectural kind, thanks to the Victorian architecture in all its gothic glory, and the biological sort.
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