Kent College Pembury awarded leading HMC status
3rd May 2013

Kent College Pembury is delighted to announce that they been awarded HMC (The Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference) accreditation with immediate effect reinforcing their leading status as the thriving independent day and boarding school for girls in Kent.

HMC membership is the key association for leading independent schools and is only gained after a thorough accreditation process. It was necessary for the school to meet strict criteria in order to acquire this status, these included standards such as examination results, the size of the sixth form and pupil retention.

Headmistress Sally-Anne Huang comments:

"In a period of change and upheaval in education, the governing body and I felt it was essential to be represented alongside the leading figures in our industry and to have access to the most up to date information from those working directly with government. It is, therefore, a mark of our current strength and success that we are able to display the HMC badge, a kind of ‘kite-mark’ in our field."

Members of the HMC Membership Committee, who visited the school in January, wrote a full report on what they found, complimenting the thriving day and boarding school on both its teaching standards and pastoral care, concluding that

‘Kent College has created a very distinctive environment that clearly lives up to its aim to treat each pupil as an individual in a caring and supportive community… At the same time there is no sense of complacency but a real determination to create a very special place for girls’ education in this beautiful corner of England.’ Their recommendation that Kent College be given HMC status was described as being given ‘unreservedly and enthusiastically’ .

Kent College is already a member of the Girls’ School Association (GSA) and will remain in both associations. The GSA represents expertise in girls’ education in particular and Kent College is proud to be part of both associations now and in the future.

Editors’ Note: The Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference is a key association for independent schools, nationally you will be aware of HMC schools such as Eton, Harrow and Westminster; locally the key members currently are probably Sevenoaks School and Tonbridge.

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