The Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference
) is an association of the headmasters or headmistresses
of 243 leading day and boarding independent
schools in the United Kingdom
, Crown Dependencies
and the Republic of Ireland
. There are also International Members (mostly from the Commonwealth
) and a number of Additional Members who are elected as the head teachers
of a limited number of outstanding state schools
The size of the Conference has grown - as late as the 1970s, membership was confined to a maximum of 200.
The Conference dates from 1869 when Edward Thring
, Headmaster of Uppingham
, asked sixty to seventy of his fellow headmasters,Leinster-Mackay, Donald P. The educational world of Edward Thring: a centenary study
, Falmer Press, 1987, ISBN 1-85000-253-3, 9781850002536. p. 100Other sources including some Headmasters' Conference papers say "Uppingham asked thirty-seven of his fellow headmasters ..." (Headmasters' Conference. Independent schools yearbook: Official book of reference at the Headmasters' Conference ...
, A & C Black, 1987 )Headmasters' Conference, The Public and preparatory schools year book
, Adam & Charles Black, 1968 and twelve were... Read More