HMC (the Headmasters’ & Headmistresses’ Conference) is a professional association of Heads of many of the world’s leading independent schools. HMC has 277 members in the British Isles and a further 59 international members. Our members lead schools that are distinguished by their excellence in pastoral care, co-curricular provision and classroom teaching. For more information about HMC and HMC independent schools, click here.
David Fox Teasdale, Biology teacher at Bolton School Boys’ DivisionI have worked in an outstanding state school and an HMC school. I much prefer working in an HMC school: the students have great enthusiasm for learning. Many are academically gifted and regularly challenge me with their perceptive questions. It makes teaching them a pleasure. The attitude towards education in an HMC school is broader; greater value is placed on extra-curricular activities and staff are encouraged to be involved with these. I have set up the ‘NewBiologySociety’ a group that meets to discuss the latest issues in Biology, and ‘Club Animalia’ where lower school students learn to care for the school’s exotic animal collection (including an axolotl, Madagascan hissing cockroaches, rats, a bearded dragon and a corn snake). I would not hesitate to recommend working in an HMC school. The range of opportunities on offer is fantastic, the staff are supportive and the students enthusiastic. I have been on many trips in the year I have been at the school. Several of these have been residential including a business enterprise trip to the Lake District, a 3 day outdoor activity course, and a trip to Aberystwyth University to learn biological sampling techniques. This summer I am excited to be going on a 3 week trip to Peru. We will be based in a boat on the Amazon River and will, among other things, be surveying river turtles. It promises to be the trip of a lifetime!