Our History

TST is a new organisation but we are taking over from SGBI, a charity with a heritage of over 170 years work assisting educators in financial hardship. Read about our history in the timeline below.

1843

The Reverend David Laing - along with fellow philanthropists - sets up the Governesses' Benevolent Institution (GBI) for the 'assistance of governesses in illness, distress and old age'.

1848

GBI founds Queens College in Harley Street, London to provide education toward qualifications for governesses

1872

GBI establishes Queen Mary House for retired governesses at Chislehurst.

1952

The Governesses Benevolent Institution Act receives Royal Assent.

1967

The Act is amended and the organisation is renamed the Schoolmistresses and Governesses Benevolent Institution.

2015

Queen Mary house closes and SGBI moves to North West Kent

2017

SGBI transfers assets and charitable role to the Teaching Staff Trust (TST) which can make grants to a much wider range of people who work or have worked in education.