The Sunday Times Independent Secondary School of the Year 2017

The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School is delighted to announce that it has been named as The Sunday Times Independent Secondary School of the Year for 2017. 

This achievement is enhanced by the Preparatory School, once again, being ranked top Boys Preparatory School in the country. The Sunday Times Parent Power award qualifies schools not only on their academic achievements but also includes co-curricular, parent feedback and the success of former pupils.

Haberdashers’ commitment to nurturing excellence is demonstrated in each and every accomplishment. Its academic success, extensive co-curricular programme and unparalleled pastoral care are underpinned by an ethos of endeavour that has led to nation-wide recognition.

Alastair McCall, Editor of The Sunday Times Schools Guide, said: “Habs Boys is always a top performer and a hugely popular option for anyone with sons who is considering independent education. The Headmaster has fashioned a school that excels academically but also stresses the importance of – and encourages participation in – the co-curricular activities that ensure boys leave the school with a deserved reputation for being star all-rounders.”

Peter Hamilton, Headmaster, said: “We are delighted to be named and recognised by The Sunday Times as the best independent school in the country. This is a tremendous accolade and one of which we are extremely proud. I would like to thank our pupils, teachers, support staff, parents and governors. Their hard work, commitment and passion is what drives Habs to the forefront of global education.”


Monday 21st November saw Haberdashers’ Hall hosting the first round of the 2016 Academy Schools Awards, an innovative programme designed for City Livery Companies to engage with the new class of Academy Schools. It helps to stimulate business and entrepreneurial skills among the pupils, provide a mechanism for exposing them to London-based businesses through mentors from the finance and marketing/sales areas, and challenge them to present business ideas in a competitive setting and an unfamiliar Company environment.

The Haberdashers’ Company is joined by the Grocers’, Mercers’ and Drapers’ Companies, all of whom have held, or will be holding their own preliminary rounds. The winners of each of these preliminary rounds will meet for the final at Mansion House on Monday 30th January 2017. Hatcham College is reigning champion, and judging by the extremely high quality of last night’s presentations, the Haberdashers’ Company is in with a fighting chance this year, too.

All three schools taking part were from the Haberdashers' Aske’s Federation: Crayford Academy, Hatcham College and Knights Academy. The format is similar to the TV programme Dragons’ Den, with each team starting a new company to launch a product or service or range of products to be commercially successful in the UK marketplace, and potentially the global marketplace. The teams then had 15 minutes each to give a presentation explaining the product, defining potential customers, outlining the structure of the company and supplying a business plan.

Each presentation was followed by questions from the judges, who this year comprised Richard Glover, Master; The Lord Moynihan, Second Warden; Mark Neale, founder of Mountain Warehouse; Ryan Kohn, co-founder of Propercorn and Emily Webb, Freeman, founder of Oarsome Potential, followed by questions from the audience.

Crayford Academy kicked off the evening with its company Learning Zoo, a publisher of children’s educational books that aim to make learning fun. Aimed at Year 6, these books tell illustrated stories that introduce children to certain subjects that follow the national curriculum in subject like Maths, English and Science.

Next up was Hatcham College, with its company Nano Phase, which aims to reduce air pollution, specifically in India, by introducing car manufacturers to its innovative device that will cut carbon emissions significantly over the next five years.

Finally it was the turn of Knights Academy, whose company has developed an app called INDEGO, to reduce time spent on social media when students should be working, by allowing parents to block certain sites for certain periods of time, and teachers to upload homework.

Three very different propositions, and three very impressive presentations! It was not an easy decision, and the judges took their time making their minds up, but the result was: Hatcham in third place, Crayford in second, and Knights in first.

Congratulations to all the teams, but especially to Knights Academy. The Haberdashers’ Company will be rooting for you at Mansion House next year.

Haberdashers' Aske's Knights Academy 
Team Leader:  Ms Deandra Kushi
Finance Mentor: Miss Alice Chen, Freeman
Creative Mentor: Mr Oliver Norgrove, Freeman
Students:  Sangavi Mohanarasan, Queency Arumainathan, Faruk Lawal, Davou Jobbi, Eliakim Asare, Sung Il Lee

Haberdasher's Aske's Crayford Academy
Team Leader:  Mr James Heafield, Head of Sixth Form
Finance Mentor: Mr Ash Chaudhry
Creative Mentor: Mr Jonathan Stenning, Freeman
Students: Mahid Chowdhery, Jaya Rehal, Adam Read, Jack Franscois

Haberdasher's Aske's Hatcham College
Team Leader:  Mr Keith Cockerton, Head of Business & ICT
Finance Mentor: Dr Martin Knight, Freeman
Creative Mentor: Mr Louis Powell, Freeman
Students: David Adedeji, Chanel Egboh, Brandy Ngo, Walyd Abdallah


The Haberdashers’ Company was delighted to host the 2016 Haberdashers’ Entrepreneur Awards at the Hall on Friday 27 May 2016.

The competition is a partnership between the University of East London Enterprise and the Haberdashers' Company. It awards grants and support to commercial businesses and social enterprises of UEL students and graduates to help them grow. Businesses that are successful in the selection process are invited to a series of workshops on a wide range of topics including Intellectual Property and Finance.

UEL's partnership with the Haberdashers’ Company stretches back many years and has awarded over 100 students and alumni with business funding.

The certificates were presented by the Master, Richard Glover and the Vice Chancellor of UEL, John Joughin.

The 2016 winners are:

Seasons Handmade Ltd
Daniela Stan, BSc Psychology
Seasons Handmade Ltd produce hand-made organic soaps creating a range that is paraben, SLS free and earth and eco-friendly.

Ashiyana Care Ltd
Farooq Mirza
MBA Healthcare Management
Ashiyana Care Ltd is a healthcare and recruitment agency actively supplying trained care assistants to HomeCare Bromley. The company aims to expand its operation to other corporate healthcare clients.

Blooming Survivors
Dr. Mary Lodato
Doctor of Philosophy
Blooming Survivors aims to support and provide workshops primarily to London based survivors of childhood institutional abuse. The business enables clients to gain personal insight and encourage healing through creative expression.

Dinobyte Ltd
Louise Leolin & Christian Lovdal
Interactive Media Design
Dinobyte Ltd are a multimedia company working across a range of interactive medias and online content focusing on user experience.

The Assembly
Kate Joseph
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
The Assembly plans to bring a disused toilet block back into use by converting it into a much needed affordable drinks and food venue for the local community. The space will also offer specialist services such as CV writing and community development.

Dandelion Acupuncture Practice
Nasila Nusrat Rehman
BSc Acupuncture
Dandelion Acupuncture Practice offers a health and wellbeing oasis based in Holborn providing traditional Bijou practice through massage, acupuncture and Chinese relief methods.

Impact Coaching & Consultancy Ltd
Grace Leslie-Graham
MSc Coaching
Impact Coaching & Consultancy Ltd provide informative sessions to women who aspire to become strong and assertive leaders alongside personality tests with emotional intelligence coaching.


Daniela Stan, Seasons Handmade Ltd

Farooq Mirza, Ashiyana Care Ltd

Dr Mary Lodato, Blooming Survivors

Louise Leolin and Christian Lovdal, Dinobyte Ltd

Kate Joseph, The Assembly

Nasila Nusrat Rehman, Dandelion Acupuncture Practice

Grace Leslie-Graham, Impact Coaching and Consultancy Ltd


The Haberdashers' Company was delighted to host the annual Royal College of Art  Judging Event and Awards Ceremony at the Hall on 19 May 2016. 

Every year the Company makes awards to 1st year MA students in Fashion and Textiles at the RCA. The College selects eight finalists  who are given an opportunity to present their work to a panel of judges and the winners share part of a £10,000 prize fund. This year the standard of work was extremely high, with finalists displaying great creativity and talent. 

The winner was Charlotte Des'Ascoyne. In second place was Hazel Stark and in joint third place were Emma McCusker and Faye Spearpoint.

1st Place Prize Winner Charlotte Des'Ascoyne


2nd Place Prize Winner Hazel Stark             3rd Place Prize Winners Emma McCusker and Faye Spearpoint 





A clever schoolgirl has won a national engineering competition after wowing judges with her eco-friendly invention.

Lisa Davies invented Xorbit, a car dehumidifier with a difference, to enter into an annual science, technology, engineering and maths contest at Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls last year.  And on 17th  March, the 14-year-old from Abergavenny beat around 200 finalists from across the UK to become Junior Engineer of the Year at the Big Bang Fair, hosted at Birmingham’s NEC.

It is the second year running that girls from HMSG have won the STEM exhibition’s coveted title, along with the £1,000 cash prize.

Lisa won the British Science Association CREST prize for Innovation at the regional heat of Big Bang and following judges’ advice, she made changes to improve Xorbit – which also functions as an air freshener and fits neatly into car cup-holders - in time for the finals.

She said:

“Everything about Xorbit is now compostable. The silica gel (which enables Xorbit to dehumidify the car) was already eco-friendly, but the cup was made out of plastic. Now it’s made out of PLA, a bioplastic, and the fragrance comes from a scented piece of wood, so the whole thing is completely compostable. I think this sets it apart even more from what’s already available.”

As well as manning her Xorbit stand for two days during the fair, Lisa spoke to countless members of the public about the invention and even got to meet one of her idols. Marty Jopson, resident scientist on BBC One’s The One Show, stopped to chat to the budding engineer on his way to presenting a show about everyday life science.

He said:

“It’s a brilliant idea – really fabulous. Lisa seemed like she had worked it all through in a wonderfully thorough way.From my perspective, it’s always nice to see people learning manufacturing skills. Lisa learnt how to use a lathe for turning wood to make the air freshener, which is really impressive”

Lisa has been a fan of Marty’s for years, and was thrilled she got the opportunity to tell him about Xorbit.

“He was especially interested in it because he had written an article on how cars mist up.It was really exciting as he understood the concept. I really enjoyed watching him when I was younger so it was really great to meet him. The whole thing has been so exciting, the fair is massive – it’s amazing how busy it gets. Throughout the week I’ve become more confident, the positive feedback encourages me to carry on.The judges were really impressed by the product and their advice was to keep going. It has motivated me even more and inspired me to go further with Xorbit. It’s more of a reality now that I could see it on the shelves eventually.”

Anne Kavanagh, Head of Physics at HMSG, said:

“When the winners were announced there was a big stage with music, great big screens and laser light – real razzmatazz. It was all quite emotional! Lisa realised just what she’d achieved, she had put so much work into it. She’s done everything herself. She listened to tips and advice from judges at the regional competition and acted on everything. She so fully deserved to win. She’s a brilliant role model. Lots of people thought she was in the senior category – the quality of her work really is beyond her years”.








A student who recently spoke passionately at a United Nations conference on sexual violence against women, returned to her old school to inspire current pupils. Yale University student Helen Price gave Year 12s at Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls an invaluable insight into life at one of America’s most prestigious colleges.

The 21-year-old was back in her old classroom last week to offer sixth formers advice on applying to US universities and talk about her experience in the UN’s General Assembly hall in New York. She had been invited to sit on the panel alongside Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon, at the UN commemoration and conference for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in November.

“I talked about sexual violence from the perspective of college campuses, and the importance of consent training at universities. We need to change the view that it’s a taboo subject to talk about – it’s something that’s really important to all women. Coming to a girls’ school like HMSG made me interested in women’s rights and making sure women are represented fairly.”

Helen was asked to join the panel following a series of national talks on sexual assault in universities which she had organised in October.

“Consent training is pretty common, but not mandatory at all universities,” she added.

“It was great that I had the chance to highlight it more. It was a bit surreal in the General Assembly hall, being 10 feet away from Ban Ki Moon and it really motivated me to see issues being taken so seriously at such a high level.”

 Unlike students at UK universities, Helen has the freedom to choose several topics from countless options at Yale and did not have to settle on a major – or main focus of study – until her second year.

So far she has learned about a diverse array of subjects, including US lesbian and gay history, social and economic development, the history of Yale and how it relates to America, and civil rights.

“I liked the idea of studying a broad curriculum,” she told the girls. “I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, so this was a brilliant way for me to discover different things.You get to choose from so many different things – one of my options this year is medieval Icelandic literature.

Helen turned down an offer from Oxford to go to Yale, and now hopes to remain in the States to become a legal aid lawyer.

She told HMSG pupils: “Applying to American universities can seem daunting and you have to have perseverance to do it, but it’s 100 per cent worth it.”