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About Girls on Board

An approach to help girls between the ages of 7 and 18 navigate the often troubled waters of friendship problems.

Girls on Board is an approach which helps girls, their parents and their teachers to understand the complexities and dynamics of girl friendships. The approach empowers girls to solve their own friendship problems and recognises that they are usually the only ones who can. Girls on Board sessions are non-judgmental and reflective, designed to raise empathy amongst the girls and it is that empathy that fuels the search for harmony and resolution. 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.

If you would like to introduce Girls on Board at your school then one or more teachers need to be trained. Girls on Board offers comprehensive training, either at face-to-face events, INSET or online, to enable teachers in school to adopt the approach. If you would like some more help and information about how Girls on Board could work in your school, then get in touch with info@girlsonboard.co.uk, or via the Contact page.

Over 1,000 schools across the world have adopted this award-winning approach and are now supporting tens of thousands of girls in their friendships. Girls on Board has featured on BBC Radio Five Live and in the TES. We work closely with the Girls’ Day School Trust and the National Education Union (NEU) to bring this approach to as many schools as possible.


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Buy the book!

Although Girls on Board is an approach adopted by schools following training for teachers, you can also buy the book, When Girls Fall Out which is available on our Shop page. The book is focused on helping parents support their daughters’ friendships.





Winner of an ISA Award for Innovation and Excellence in Pupil’s Mental Health and Wellbeing 2016 and 2019.

Shortlisted for the TES Wellbeing Initiative of the Year 2019 and 2020

Girls on Board was developed by Andrew Hampton, Headteacher of Thorpe Hall School in Essex, and was recognised for excellence and innovation at the Independent Schools Association (ISA) Annual Awards 2016 and 2019. 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!”.

Girls on Board was shortlisted for the TES Independent Schools Award for Wellbeing Initiative of the Year 2019 and 2020.

Privacy Notice
In line with the Data Protection Act 2018 this notice describes what data is collected by Girls on Board Ltd, how it is processed, kept secure and describes the legitimate reasons for processing that data.
Girls on Board will only process data freely given to it for the purposes of signing up for training, which is the core activity of the company. The data processed will be first name, surname, email address, school of employment, FO email address of the school of employment. The data will be kept behind a password and will not be shared with any other party without the express permission of the data subject. The data will be retained for marketing and ‘keeping-in-touch’ purposes unless any subject requests that data is deleted. If you wish your data to be deleted please email info@girlsonboard.co.uk.