Category: Featured


HMC response to GCSE article

20 August 2019

Responding to a TES article entitled “Top unis’ GCSE demands favour private pupils” published on Monday 19 August 2019, HMC Executive Director Mike Buchanan said: “Heads of HMC schools choose qualifications… Find out more

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Boards of Governors – HMC schools

13 August 2019

Responding to erroneous claims in The Telegraph that the presence of Oxbridge academics on 31% of HMC schools’ boards of governors is being used to unfair advantage, the following statements… Find out more


Reliable and transparent exam grading

12 August 2019

HMC has long campaigned for more reliable and transparent exam grading.  The problem – that different, subjective or ‘fuzzy’ marks awarded to essays often straddle hard grade boundaries – is affecting… Find out more

Social Mobility and the Conservative Party

15 July 2019

Responding to an article by the former Education Secretary Justine Greening, in which she calls on the Conservative Party to make greater efforts to promote social mobility, HMC Executive Director Mike… Find out more

Labour and Independent Schools

9 July 2019

Following media reports of moves by Labour activists to introduce a more punitive approach to the independent sector, HMC Executive Director Mike Buchanan said: “It would be a shame for this issue to be a… Find out more

Independent school attendance figures

28 June 2019

Commenting on new Department for Education figures that show a small drop in the numbers attending independent schools (1,910 fewer than in 2015), HMC Executive Director Mike Buchanan said: “The figures show… Find out more

Contextual admissions and Oxbridge

24 May 2019

Following the announcement by Oxford University that it is to increase its proportion of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, Chris Ramsey, Headmaster of Whitgift School and HE spokesman for HMC, said:… Find out more

Comparability between IGCSEs and GCSEs

4 April 2019

Mike Buchanan, HMC Executive Director, said: “Many HMC schools continue to choose IGCSEs because they can be more interesting courses and have a proven track record of preparing young people for… Find out more