sixth-form social


A national campaign to help sixth formers learn, without limits.

Project involved:
 Photography - Film - OOH - Website - Social

Role: Creative, art direction & design
Agency: Bandstand

Copy: Will Miles 
Design: Louella Minter, Ioana Bejenaru 
Photographer: Mollie Rose
DOP: Kezia Quarcoo
Post: Envy

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Project summary

GDST (Girl’s Day School Trust) called on us to help them attract new students to Sixth Form, or retain students already at GDST.

I helped win this work through a competitive pitch and then went on to lead the creative direction of the campaign across all of its touchpoints.

We knew to understand the real barriers of entry, we had to speak to the girls themselves. We undertook group workshops and interviews with students across the UK; some who had moved from mixed or single-sex schools and some students from other schools – grammar, comprehensive and private.

We learned that two things that the girls wanted most from Sixth Form or college, were to belong to a group of like-minded people and to be well-equipped for the world of work.

We matched these key requirements, to benefits found at GDST Sixth Forms. This informed our campaign headline and proposition: “One of a kind, part of the family.” 

By casting real Sixth Formers and real friendships groups, we were able to deliver authentic stories and natural imagery. We were able to portray their own GDST family.

To hero the power of the GDST network, and how it can unlock each student's potential, the campaign revolved around each girls' unique stories, their views and their experiences of life at Sixth Form. We knew these stories would inspire other prospective students.

The campaign was executed across multiple assets; film, static images, social media, website and OOH.


Social teasers pushed
through to each girl's story.

Housed on a bespoke campaign microsite.

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Indepth research and casting meant all our visuals captured genuine sisterhood between real GDST Sixth Former's.

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