About Girls on Board

About Girls on Board

An approach to help girls between the ages of 8 and 18 navigate the often troubled waters of friendship problems.

When girls (of roughly age 8 to 18) fall out with each other, the resulting distress can be traumatic and damaging. By acknowledging certain truths about what girls need, and fulfilling and facilitating those needs in recessive ways, teachers and parents can limit that distress and trauma.

Girls on Board is an approach which helps girls, their parents and their teachers to understand the complexities and dynamics of girl friendships. The language, methods and ideas empower girls to solve their own friendship problems and recognises that they are usually the only ones who can. By empowering girls to find their own solutions, parents need worry less, schools can focus more on the curriculum and the girls learn more effectively – because they are happier.

Girls on Board is helping school communities across the country ensure their girls are

  • happier at school,
  • less distracted by friendship issues and
  • more focused on the important stuff

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Update April 2018

Girls on Board was launched at the ISA Annual Conference in May 2017 and since then many schools of all types have either adopted the approach or have shown serious interest in doing so.

29 schools are now using the Girls in Board approach to help girls navigate the choppy waters of friendship problems. Congratulations to:
Anglo European School (Ingatestone), Arts Educational School, Ballard School, Beech Hall School, Claires Court School, Cottesmore school Edgeborough Prep, Gosfield School, Heathcote School, Holme Grange School, Hornsey school for Girls, King Alfred School, Lambrooke Prep, Leicester High School for Girls, Northampton School for Girls, Park School for Girls, Pipers Corner School, St. Swithun’s School, St. David’s School, St. Edward’s Prep School, Sancton Wood School, Shrewsbury School, Southend High School for Girls, The Leys, Thorpe Hall School, Towers Convent School, Twyford Prep, Wakefield Girls’ High School, Woodlands School (Hutton Manor).

Coming soon: Derby High School,  Frensham Heights School, Godolphin School (Wiltshire), Hamstel Primary, Edwards Hall Primary, Hawleyhurst School, Heathfield Community College, Queen’s Gate School, St. Catherine’s School (Bromley), St edward’s school Seniors, St Mary’s Calne, Wapping High School, Westbourne House School.

There are 23 schools from the above list who hold the Girls on Board licence which gives them access to an increasing list of resources. Added to that list in the last few weeks are a PowerPoint for Session One and a fully comprehensive guide and script for Session One. I recently created a tailored version of the Parent Guide for Hornsey School for Girls, including photos from their own gallery; this is something I am more than happy to provide for other schools to.

The Koko Story

I recently met Meg Cannon of thekokostory.com . Meg is a truly inspirational woman who makes films aimed at empowering girls across the UK. In particular i would love to give 5 minutes to watch this: https://youtu.be/1zx11-9RU2U

I can promise you that you won’t regret it and you will start to access an incredible library of short films that will inspire and energise the girls in your schools.

Online training

I shall be working on an online version of the training over Easter and this will be available at the same rate as face-to-face training except for schools who hold the licence who will get it much cheaper.

Session One film

I am also starting work on another film which will try to capture the uniqueness of a Girls on Board Session One. I hope that will be ready by the summer.

Winner of an ISA Award for Innovation and Excellence 2016

Developed by Andrew Hampton Headteacher of Thorpe Hall School in Essex and recognised for excellence and innovation at the Independent Schools Association (ISA) Annual Awards last year. Dr Peter Woodroffe, Deputy CEO of the ISA, commented: “The judges enjoyed Thorpe Hall’s creative and innovative approach to the issue of adolescent girls’ friendship problems and the impact these can have.  The judge even commented that they wanted to recommend it to pastoral heads of every school in the country!”.

Become a Girls on Board School

For further information about Girls on Board and the options available for training and support click here.

We are always looking for schools who might wish to host a training event in return for free training. So far this has been successfully set up at Frensham Heights School, Derby High School, St. Mary’s Calne and Wapping High School. Email info@girlsonboard.co.uk if you would like to explore this opportunity.


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