Why a HMC School?

HMC is a kite mark of global quality, innovation and excellence in education. Standards in HMC independent schools are exceptionally high and parents can be assured that they are choosing the very best education for their child. Published examination results, league tables in national newspapers and ISI (Independent School Inspectorate) reports, all confirm the quality of education on offer. 

Our schools are individual and distinctive offering parents a 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 a holistic educational experience: academic excellence coupled with a strong emphasis on pastoral care and exceptional co-curricular opportunities.

Our membership criteria guarantee quality, but we are all different shapes and sizes. Contrary to lazy media stereotypes, we are not all cut from one kind of cloth. What does mark us out is that we are all genuinely independent, not funded by the State or local authority, directly accountable to parents, with whom as Heads we have a specific written contract. Our genuine independence allows us to be flexible, nimble and responsive to change, strong on the best of tradition yes, and also innovative, unafraid to do our own thing, focused on the child first, last and always.

Richard Harman, Vice Chairman of HMC and Headmaster of Uppingham School

Academic Performance

Year after year, our schools achieve very strong results, exceeding national averages, especially in the traditional, 'hard' subjects such as science and modern languages. Read more...

Co-Curricular Opportunities

HMC independent schools provide unrivalled co-curricular opportunities enabling children to develop a wide range of talents, skills and abilities. Read more...

Pastoral Care

Pastoral support in our schools is paramount in order to create environments in which pupils are happy, secure, confident and valued. Read more...

Tailored Education

Teachers in HMC schools have great flexibility over teaching styles and curriculum enabling them to devise the best curriculum to suit their students’ needs. Read more...

Smaller Class Sizes

Our schools have some of the lowest student-staff ratios in UK schools (one teacher for every 9 pupils compared with 22 in the state sector). Read more...

Preparation for Higher Education and Employment

HMC independent schools prepare young people for successful progress to demanding courses at Britain’s best universities. Currently, one in five of all those attending the UK's top ten universities come from HMC's 260 member schools (Source: HESA). Read more...

Financial Support

There is a substantial amount of financial assistance on offer in HMC schools in the UK, £365 million in the last year alone. Read more...

Outstanding Facilities

Financial independence means our schools often have outstanding facilities from cutting edge IT equipment, to state-of-the-art sports, music and arts facilities. Read more...

International Links/Global Outlook

HMC independent schools prepare students for future success in a world where understanding cultural differences is crucial. Read more...

Alumni Relations

HMC independent schools place great emphasis on maintaining links with former pupils. Read more...

ISI Inspections

All HMC independent schools are inspected by ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) to ensure the quality and effectiveness of the education, the welfare of pupils and that statutory requirements are met. Read more...

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