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 Buchanan said:
Heads of HMC schools are committed to growing the number of children and young people in their schools from disadvantaged backgrounds, including those from families with lower incomes.
Already, schools such as Manchester Grammar School, Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith, Colfe's School in southeast London and King Edward’s School, Birmingham, are leading the way in using the support from parents, former pupils and the local communities to fund free places for many.
Latymer Upper is one of three HMC finalists in this year's UK Social Mobility Awards, alongside Reigate Grammar School and Christ's Hospital in West Sussex.
Other HMC schools are putting their time and resources into sponsoring successful Academies, supporting many hundreds of young people.
Every HMC school is engaging in supporting state school children through myriad collaborations which have a positive impact and open opportunity.
And we wish to do more. Which is why we have, with others, offered up to 10,000 places free to parents year on year. If supported by the government, this would accelerate the opening of opportunity to many more young people from lower income families to the outstanding education available at HMC schools.
We would be delighted to work with Justine Greening and others on this crucial issue and invite them to talk with us.