Education is of prime importance to The Haberdashers' Company. The schools that it supports in the maintained and independent sectors are of the highest national standard academically and prepare pupils for a full life. The Haberdashers' Company supports pupils, past and present, of the Company's schools, other educational establishments and young people in education.
The Company, as Trustee of the various educational charities that provide for the schools, is responsible for ensuring that the revenues are spent properly and that building projects are good value for money. The Company's Education Committee maintains close links with the schools and is kept advised of broad educational issues and initiatives.
The Court of Assistants appoints the majority of the Governors. The Governors appoint the respective Headmasters and Headmistresses, but not other members of staff. The day to day running of the schools is the responsibility of the Headmaster or Headmistress, under the direction of their respective Boards of Governors.
The Company takes great interest and pride in its schools. A Deputation from the Company (a group of representatives, drawn from the Master and Wardens, Liverymen, Freemen and Company Staff) visits the schools each year.
Haberdasher schools encourage the full development of individuals, and help them to get the most out of their work and leisure time. They promote a broad tolerance of different viewpoints and consideration of others, within the context of a Christian heritage. The schools have come a long way from the approach in the early days when they were founded by four childless Puritan Haberdashers in an effort to enlighten forthcoming generations. Education was then a question of learning to repeat what was taught, no more and no less. Fortunately for today's students, education is now a matter of understanding what is taught and exploring further possibilities. The Company hopes that the young people at its twenty-one schools will do just that, to the very best of their ability.