HMC independent schools provide unrivalled co-curricular opportunities enabling children to develop a wide range of talents, skills and abilities. Great emphasis is placed on developing rich and diverse co-curricular programmes based on the conviction that individuals thrive in an environment in which all of their abilities and talents are recognised and nurtured.
This commitment to providing exceptional co-curricular programmes ensures that HMC independent schools are successful and outstanding in specialist areas, such as sport, music, arts, drama as well as academically. Pupil participation in and commitment to co-curricular activities often leads to successful employment progression and achievement in sports, music and the arts.
Pupils in HMC schools play on average between 5 and 6 hours of sport and games a week in over 40 different sports - double the amount of sport compared with pupils in state schools. On average, each HMC school has 41 pupils representing their county and 8 pupils representing their country.
Just 7% of the English population are educated privately, but 36 of the UK's medals gained by Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympics and nine of the medals gained at the Paralympic Games were won by athletes educated at HMC schools. Furthermore, a third of county cricketers come from independent schools the majority of whom were educated in HMC independent schools.
HMC's schools are also proud to have educated well known and successful poets, artists, musicians, explorers and playwrights as well as professional athletes and olympians, many of whom forge lifelong supportive relationships with their former schools.
HMC independent schools often have outstanding facilities to support co-curricular activities, from state of the art IT equipment to high quality sports, music and arts facilities. These facilities are often shared with state maintained schools and the local community alongside sporting partnership activities to give children who are not pupils at independent schools an opportunity to benefit from the schools' educational resources. Click here to find out more.