HMC Chairman: "Partnerships work best where there is a genuine partnership, sharing ideas, not a top-down approach."

Christopher King, Chairman of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC), gave an exclusive interview to the Independent on Sunday ahead of the Association's annual conference which is taking place this week. In the article, Mr King said that he is anxious to promote partnerships between independent and state schools. His own school, Leicester Grammar, is developing strong links with two state middle schools – Gartree and Manor High – sharing management ideas and teaching expertise, and giving those schools access to some of its facilities, including careers conventions and a swimming pool.

Quoted in the article, Mr King said of independent school links with the state sector: “I don’t believe we’re in a bad position today – 99.7 per cent of HMC schools currently have partnership agreements with state schools, but they work best where there is a genuine partnership, sharing ideas, not a top-down approach.” 

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