Withington Girls’ School is a member of the following organisations:
HMC (The Heads’ Conference) is a professional Association of heads of the world’s leading independent schools. HMC has a global membership of nearly 400 schools, and in 2022, HMC schools educated more than 270,000 children in the UK.

Headmistress, Mrs Sarah Haslam, was admitted to membership in September 2016.

  The Girls’ Schools Association aims to:

  • promote high standards of education for girls in a complex and changing world
  • inform and influence national educational debate
  • promote the benefits of single-sex education for girls
  • provide strong support for members.

GSA schools are experts in educating girls. They encourage the highest standards of education, pastoral care and co-curricular activity, with a wealth of extra-curricular opportunity in art, music, drama, science, sport and more. They share experience, specialisms, events and facilities in a variety of inter-school partnerships, and some of our independent sector schools offer means-tested bursaries for families of limited means.

The Forum of Independent Day Schools (FIDS) was set up to promote and support Independent Day Schools. Schools within FIDS have a distinctive and easily recognized ethos based on long traditions of aspiration and high achievement. They offer an academically challenging curriculum from 11 to 18 and achieve high standards in extra-curricular activities, pastoral care and pupil behaviour. Our main aim is to explore imaginative solutions to improve social mobility and widen access.Part of the FIDS approach has been to seek contact with political leaders and to ensure that the case for independent day schools as an important part of national education is recognized. Many FIDS schools were former Direct Grant Schools and users of the Assisted Places System. We would like to see further productive links between the independent and state sectors.
Through the Girls School Association (GSA), Withington is a member of the Independent Schools Council (ISC) which brings together eight associations of independent schools, their heads, bursars and governors.
The ISC represents over 1,200 independent schools in the UK and overseas. These schools are ranked among the best in the world and educate more than half a million children each year.


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