50% of HMC schools are day schools educating 121,000 pupils, 50% of all day students in independent schools in the UK*.
Most children attending HMC schools are day pupils. Day schools often have a local feel, drawing their pupils from a smaller radius and thereby being more connected to, and reflective of, their community.
What are Independent Day Schools Like?
Day schools have a fast pace of life. They are typically trying to fit everything into the school day and this creates a distinct buzz. Modern-day schools offer extra-curricular activities and sports traditionally associated with boarding. This means that students can experience the holistic education of an independent school without leaving home.
The range of HMC schools is equally as diverse as those that offer boarding: co-educational, single-sex or “diamond”; rural or urban; outstanding in specialist areas, such as sport, music, art or drama; academically challenging and successful, but all with a sharp focus on the individual needs of each child.
The pace of day school life is one of several features that mirror life beyond school. Pupils at Latymer Upper School, Hammersmith, commute to school, often via tube, an experience which they tell me they enjoy! They have to balance their time and energy between home and school, which prepares them well for striking the right work/life balance later.
David Goodhew, Headmaster of Latymer Upper School, Hammersmith
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. Find the right day school for your child, that suits your family’s lifestyle, budget and location, and they will have the time of their lives. Outstanding pastoral care is one of the many reasons you can be assured that by choosing an HMC school you are choosing the very best education for your child.
Fees and Financial Support
Day schools' fees are typically lower than those of boarding schools. Many schools have foundations and bursary schemes through which they are able to offer funded places to pupils who would benefit from an independent education, but whose parents are unable to afford the fees. Find out more about help with school fees or school fee assistance for HMC independent schools.
*ISC Independent Schools.