Withington is a member of the following organisations:
HMC (the Headmasters’ & Headmistresses’ Conference) is a professional Association of heads of the world’s leading independent schools. HMC has 270 members in the British Isles educating more than 200,000 children, and a further 61 international members. HMC schools are internationally recognised as the world’s highest achieving schools. HMC is a kite mark of global quality, innovation and excellence in education.

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.
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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