What does the HMC logo tell you about a school?
How much are fees?
Fees vary from school to school, from region to region and by school type, with boarding schools' fees being higher than those of day schools. Average UK fees for day schools in the Midlands, North, Scotland and Wales range from £3,100-£3,700 per term and for day schools in Greater London, the South East , South West and East Anglia £4,000-£4,600 per term. Average fees for boarding schools in the Midlands, Anglia, North, Scotland and Wales range from £8,100-£9,000 per term and for boarding schools in Greater London, the South East and South West £9,200-£10,000 per term. (Source: ISC Census). To find out fees for a particular school, please contact the school directly.
Do schools offer financial assistance?
HMC independent schools promote social diversity and the growth of fee assistance across our schools provides opportunities for pupils from all backgrounds. Over a third of pupils in HMC independent schools receive help with their fees and half of this is in the form of means-tested bursaries. Fee assistance is offered in a variety of forms such as academic scholarships, specialist scholarships for sports, music, arts, drama and ICT, means tested bursaries, armed forces discounts and government grants. To find out more about the forms of fee assistance on offer, please contact the schools direct.
Will my child have to sit an entrance test?
Some HMC independent schools are selective while others have non-selective policies. Many use the Common Entrance examination, however, some schools have their own entrance exam. It is best to contact the schools direct to check their individual admissions policies and entrance procedures.
How do we know which school to pick?
Choosing a school for your child will be one of the most important decisions you ever make. Your chosen school should be able to provide your child with a solid educational foundation for future academic, career and personal success. Every child is unique and by understanding what type of student your child is you will be able to select the environment best able to help them succeed. Please click here to see the factors you might want to consider when choosing a school.
How big are the class sizes?
HMC independent 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. Significantly smaller class sizes are proven to improve academic achievement as the ability to spend more time with each child allows teachers to get to know their strengths, weaknesses and learning styles, ensuring that their individual needs are met.
Where can I find a school's inspection report?
All HMC independent schools are inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) to assure the quality and effectiveness of the education, the welfare of pupils and to see that statutory requirements are met. ISI provides objective and reliable reports on the quality of schools and this information is made available to parents on their website www.isi.net
My child has special needs. How do I find a suitable school?
HMC independent schools do provide specialist support. Please contact the schools directly to discuss your child's specific needs and how these might be met.
I want to make a complaint?
Parents are encouraged to discuss any issues that occur regarding of their child's education with the school. Schools have clear policies and procedures for dealing with concerns and any complaints that might arise.
You can also consult ISI’s guidance on what to do if you have concerns about an independent school.
How do Independent Schools differ from Free Schools and Academies?
An independent school is a school that is independent in its finances and governance. It is not dependent upon government for financing its operations, nor reliant on taxpayer contributions. An independent school also has total freedom over the selection and admission of pupils, the choice of curriculum and assessment, and the recruitment of qualified or non-qualified teaching staff. Independence allows innovation to flourish and it is this independence that is the key to the successful teaching and learning found in HMC independent schools.