Welcome to HMC

HMC (the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference) represents the Heads of the world’s leading independent schools.

HMC's schools are individual and distinctive offering parents a rich variety of options when choosing the right education for their child. But, at the heart of every HMC school is a commitment to the benefits of an holistic educational experience: academic excellence coupled with a strong emphasis on pastoral care and exceptional co-curricular opportunities

HMC exists to serve and support its members, to represent their views and to exemplify excellence in education. In particular, HMC seeks to: 

  • help members and their schools grow and develop;
  • promote and protect the independence of HMC schools;
  • encourage and share innovation in HMC schools and more widely;
  • promote the discussion of national and international educational issues; and
  • influence policy and public opinion with regard to the independent sector.