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Please click on the category below to enter. All categories will be open until midnight Friday 11 October. Please don't forget to read our 'entry guidelines' here 

Best use of technology award

This award recognises measurable excellence in the use of education technology by a school. Judges will be looking for evidence that the technology has had a positive impact on educational outcomes of students through its use inside or outside the classroom, supporting teaching and learning directly or by easing the pressure on teachers and administrators.

Creativity award

This award is for independent schools that put creativity at the heart of their work. This isn’t about individual projects in art, drama, music or design – although it could take in one or all of these subjects – this is about making children think differently, beyond the strictures of the conventional curriculum. 

Ideally, there should be a whole-school or cross-curricular approach to one or more projects and there should be evidence of a blossoming in creativity in pupils.

While creativity may be hard to measure, we would like to see evidence that the scheme (or schemes) has benefited either the entire school or a targeted group of pupils.

Independent-state school partnership award

This award recognises initiatives that involve working and cooperating effectively with a state school or schools. The benefits to all parties must be made clear.

Evidence of effectiveness and impact must be provided. The judges will be looking for projects that demonstrate creativity, energy and a business-like approach in delivering great results.

Student initiative of the year

This award recognises a project accomplished by students to demonstrate a clear learning outcome. The project could be student or teacher led and could involve an individual or group. The initiative would have taken place during the 2018-19 academic year. Evidence of how the project relates to the learning objective must be provided.

Alumni engagement campaign of the year

This category is open to schools that have had a highly successful alumni engagement campaign for the 2018-19 academic year. The campaign should demonstrate innovation and enterprise that has resulted in above-average alumni engagement and an increase in financial donations. In your submission, please detail the elements that you believe contributed to the success of your campaign.

Marketing campaign of the year

A good school reputation is everything; maintaining or enhancing it is at the heart of the most effective marketing. This award recognises a powerful strategy to promote some aspect of the school to a wider community. It can include both offline and online projects. Evidence of effectiveness and impact must be provided and must include measurable, comparative data which illustrates the impact over the course of the campaign.

Lifetime achievement

This is for a stand-out member of the independent school community, at any level, who has shown a sustained contribution to the sector. At least three independent testimonials from staff, governors or students will need to be included with the nomination. Please check with the nominee beforehand that they are happy to have their name put forward for this award.

Sports award

This award will recognise a school that demonstrates a Commitment to Excellence and Participation in school sport, and in Promoting Health, Wellbeing and Exercise among its pupils. Good quality Evidence of Success and Impact must be provided. To impress the judges, a school's submission text should address all aspects of these criteria. Supporting material should provide as much additional detail as possible, including relevant statistics, but without unnecessary repetitions. The application should reveal how a school's sports programme is succeeding on a broad front.

Strategic education initiative of the year

Education is the business of schools. The independent school sector is renowned for its innovation in this regard. This category recognises initiatives in improving learning outcomes for pupils and helping them to fulfil their potential. It can be a school-wide or year- or subject-specific initiative. It may be an internal project or even one that was subsequently used commercially for other schools. 

Evidence of success and impact must be provided.

Wellbeing initiative of the year

This award should highlight an impressive initiative to improve mental health at your school. 

While wellbeing may be hard to measure, we would like to see evidence that the scheme (or schemes) has benefited either the entire school or a targeted group of pupils.

Whole-school community initiative of the year

This award recognises initiatives that involve working with external groups such as parents and the local community (either within or outside a charitable school's objectives). It could also include a link-up with an overseas school. A submission should demonstrate a benefit to all parties involved. The submission should demonstrate a benefit to all parties involved.

Judges will need to see evidence of effective engagement and a demonstration of how the school is the beating heart of its community. Please supply a minimum of three testimonials from members of the community that the school works with.

Pre-prep/prep school of the year

This title will be awarded to a pre-prep/prep school in the UK for its performance in the 2018-19 academic year. It is equally applicable to schools that have experienced rapid improvement and those that are maintaining continued excellence. All-through schools with pre-prep/prep departments may also apply. 

The judges want to see more than academic achievement: entries should demonstrate innovation, imagination and efforts to develop children in ways that go beyond the league tables. Please provide evidence to support your application, whether inspection reports, parent testimonials, data analysis or anything else you feel relevant. 

Boarding school of the year

This title will be awarded to a boarding school in the UK for its performance in the 2018-19 academic year. It is equally applicable to schools that have experienced rapid improvement and those that are maintaining continued excellence. 

The judges want to see more than academic achievement: entries should demonstrate innovation, imagination and efforts to develop children in ways that go beyond the league tables. You should provide evidence to support your application, whether inspection reports, parent testimonials, data analysis or anything else you feel relevant. 

Senior school of the year

This title will be awarded to a day school in the UK for its performance in the 2018-19 academic year. It is equally applicable to those that have experienced rapid improvement and those that are maintaining continued excellence. It is for senior day schools or all-through schools that have a senior department. 

The judges want to see more than academic achievement: entries should demonstrate innovation, imagination and efforts to develop children in ways that go beyond the league tables. You should provide evidence to support your application, whether inspection reports, parent testimonials, data analysis or anything else you feel relevant.