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14th century proverb


  • Uppingham School, where the HMC started | Dickinson School Consulting

About the HMC

As delegates of last week's annual conference start the new week back at their schools, we thought you might be interested to know a bit about the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference, or HMC.

This professional association of heads of the world’s leading independent schools supports its members and their schools, to represent their views and to exemplify excellence in education. Dating back to 1869, the Conference first met when Edward Thring, Headmaster of Uppingham, asked sixty of his fellow headmasters to meet at his house to consider the formation of a “School Society and Annual Conference”. Headmasters of 13 schools attended and there have been annual meetings ever since, with Headmistresses added into the mix during the course of the 20th century.

Standards in HMC independent schools are exceptionally high, with membership acting as a kitemark of global quality, innovation and excellence in education, to assure parents that they are choosing the very best education for their child.

This year’s conference had speakers and workshops covering topics such as ‘The effects of digital and social media on teenage wellbeing and performance’, ‘Supporting young entrepreneurs in a rapidly changing world’ and ‘Innovations and internationalism in HMC schools’.

If you’d like to investigate the possibility of sending your child(ren) to a British HMC boarding school, please contact us to find out more.

(Image is of Uppingham School, where the HMC started.)

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