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RHS Joins Prestigious HMC

13 March 2017

I am delighted to inform you that, following a rigorous process, The Royal High School has been accepted into membership of the prestigious Headmasters’ and Headmistress’ Conference (HMC). 

HMC is a professional association of the Heads of the leading independent schools globally. It represents a wide variety of schools but at the heart of every HMC school is the commitment to a holistic educational experience, academic excellence coupled with strong pastoral care and exceptional co-curricular opportunities.

Our HMC accreditation visit report stated:

The team found RHS to be a vibrant, stimulating place for girls to learn, about themselves, the world and their place in it. The school provides a safe environment, but one where they can embrace challenge too, and learn from failure.

HMC is a professional association, it should not be confused with the GDST (Girls’ Day School Trust) who are the legal proprietors of RHS. As a GDST school, we are one of 26 girls’ schools in a Trust which was established in 1872. The GDST has always been a pioneering organisation in girls’ education and under its dynamic new CEO, Ms Cheryl Giovannoni, it has a bold vision for the future.

Choosing a GDST school for your daughter means that she will experience an outstanding education specifically tailored to preparing girls to live successful lives. In line with HMC, this means enjoying excellent teaching, a fantastic range of opportunities outside the classroom and strong pastoral care. Within GDST there is a special c emphasis on enabling girls to develop their leadership skills, encouraging STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) where women remain underrepresented, ensuring excellence in the Arts and understanding the power of effective collaboration and networking.

You will see evidence of all of these things in practice at RHS; in the past week alone we have celebrated Pi Day and International Women’s Day, hosted an Architecture and Engineering Conference, welcomed our Swedish IB exchange visitors and promoted Science Week alongside a wealth of other events and activities.

You may be interested to know that the GDST is running a 4-week MOOC on educating girls which is open to anyone. I completed the course last term and, due to demand, the GDST are running it again. There are over 10,000 global participants signed up already and I encourage you to have a look at it if this is an area that is of interest to you. You will find details on the FutureLearn website

On the global theme and girls’ education, we are continuing to work with the Hewitt School in NYC. Our staff teaching and learning group have engaged in a fascinating video conference to discuss how girls give and receive feedback and how we can be even more effective in this area. The discussion was based on Chapter 3 of ‘The Curse of the Good Girl’ by Rachel Simmons.

Finally, you may be interested in the additional link from Radio 3 on the Head’s recommended reading page on

The reading page is regularly updated with articles, books and programmes you may find interesting regarding girls’ learning and development.

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