Testimonials

“The Tes continues to be the most significant and influential source of connection with UK education for international schools, and as such these awards enjoys significant kudos. 

The administration of the awards was superb, and the event itself was quite outstanding. 

'Our community is basking in the afterglow. I expected parents to be gratified, and staff to have an extra spring in their step, but probably wasn't ready for the students to be quite so full of it! It has been a great shot in the arm for our school. Thank you to all involved in the awards.”

Simon Leese, Principal, Prince of Wales Island International School

Winner – International School of the year


"We feel absolutely privileged to have won this award.  It's a real testament to the hard work, passion and enthusiasm of our staff, students and families, all of whom make our little school so wonderful.  Our wellbeing programme is unique and has changed the lives of many young autistic people.  To have recognition of this means so much to us."

Lisa Camilleri, Head Teacher, The Holmewood School London

Winner - Wellbeing initiative of the year 2018


“We at Wilds Lodge school are absolutely delighted to receive the ‘Special needs initiative of the year award 2018’ ahead of other very strong nominees. The feedback we have received from parents, staff and the community has been fantastic ! Special praise was given to the first group of students who embarked on the canal project in partnership with the angling club. The initial work to dredge the canal was extremely difficult and dirty. But the students relished the challenge and attended week in week out, rain or shine. Students suddenly recognised that they were making improvements to the environment and this in turn brought self confidence and incentive to do the job! Across all age groups our students have contributed in some way towards improvements in respect of access, conservation and developing wonderful relationships with the local community. I am particularly proud of each and everyone of my students who has taken the time to attend the canal and do ‘ A great job’ ! I’m sure that they have acquired great value from these experiences and in later life will have fond memories of an incredible contribution to the environment and the local community.”

Paul Rogers, School Post 16 Instructor, Wilds Lodge School
Winner - Special needs initiative of the year 2018


“We are delighted to have been awarded the TES Creativity Award. I would like to thank the hard work of our Entrepreneur in Residence and Writer in Residence to ensure we stay at the forefront of creativity in learning and teaching. 

Rebecca Glover, Principal, Surbiton High School
Winner - Creativity award 2018


“SHS embraces creativity every hour of every day in every corner of the school. From Reception until a pupil leaves the School, students have the opportunity to develop their creativity skills to help them in the ever changing working environment. It was an amazing feeling to win the TES Creativity Award and the success will be shared across all aspects of the School. Whether it’s in Enterprise, English, Music or Sport, Surbiton High School is showing creative learning on all fronts.”

David Harkin, Entrepreneur in Residence, Surbiton High School
Winner - Creativity award 2018


We were absolutely delighted to receive the award and proud to do so for all sorts of reasons - as thanks to all those who have given their time to the community, for those who have spent time making partnerships work, for the whole community of Bolton who can take pride in their working together for the common good being recognised nationally as an example for all. 

Philip Britton, Headmaster, Bolton School Boys’ Division and Sue Hincks, Headmistress, Bolton School Girls’ Division
Winner - Whole-school community initiative of the year 2018


“Winning the award for Marketing/Communications Campaign of the Year 2016 was a wonderful experience and one of which we are very proud.  The award celebrated the school’s collaboration with the Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate which aimed to promote the arts at St Lawrence College to a wider audience.  The school’s partnership with the art gallery has continued to grow to the benefit of both parties.  Winning the award felt like a validation of the project and it has encouraged us to continue to think outside the box, not be afraid to try out new ideas, and work imaginatively with other key establishments within our local community and beyond.”

Melissa Gabbott, Marketing & Admissions Manager, St Lawrence College 2016


"We entered for the “SLT of the year” category not in any sense to glorify the team, but to seek recognition for the significant work we have done together on pupils’ wellbeing. 

We were delighted to win the category. To us it represented vital recognition of both the central importance of wellbeing within the school and the necessity for coherent work across every aspect of school life, as represented (and led) by our Senior Team.  It’s certainly validated our work and enabled (and encouraged) us to press on with further work in this vital realm of school life. So thank you!"

Bernard Trafford, Headmaster, Royal Grammar School 2016


Winning in the British International School category meant a huge amount to us here at TBS. As a small, independently run institution it was so satisfying to be celebrated for the excellent work our students and teachers do on an international stage. It was particularly important to us that our entry had focused on the role of community service and learning outside the classroom. The recognition of the TES of our work sends a strong and important message; that by being collaborative and caring for those around us, we do immense good for our own students as well as make a positive contribution to our wider community. We continue to place this at the forefront of our school vision, and the award has made our students even more ambitious and pushed them on to attempt even more challenging projects.

Gemma Caines, Assistant Head, The British School Kathmandu 2016


Winning this award for our very special relationship with Carwarden House School was so exciting both for the staff and, more importantly, all the pupils involved in this amazing partnership. As we aim to build this into a national scheme with other schools replicating our project, this award has proved fundamental in demonstrating the credibility of what we are trying to achieve. I hope that when we look back in years to come, when many independent schools are linking up with Special Schools, we will say that the award was a critical landmark along the way. Thank you again to all the judges!”

Ed Venables, Housemaster, Wellington College 2016


Winning the Boarding Initiative of the Year gave our boarding community, both staff and pupils a real boost. It has inspired us to go on and look at other initiatives, we are keen to win again and delighted that our hard work and sense of community was nationally recognised!

Gilmour Coad, Head of Boarding, Ashville College, Harrogate 2016


Winning the award for Best Independent – Maintained School Collaboration for 2014 has been such a thrilling experience for all concerned. To receive such recognition has meant so much to our school and to the very hardworking staff that have created our Sporting Outreach work over the last 8 years. We feel incredibly proud to have our school recognised in this way and what is clear, from the amount of celebration it has created, is that the award’s legacy will be to spur us on to develop and enhance our maintained sector outreach even further in the future!

Michael Getty, headteacher, Shrewsbury High School 2014

We feel absolutely privileged to have won British International School of 2014. It is a real testament to the hard work, passion and enthusiasm of our staff, students and parents, all of whom make our great school what it is. We were delighted to receive the award and it was a real pleasure to meet colleagues from other schools and strike up new friendships. We hope to apply again next year!

Daniel Jones, headteacher, Cambridge House Community College, Valencia 2014

We were absolutely stunned to have won the Special Needs Initiative of the Year award and are very grateful. We have shown the trophy to the pupils at assembly today and it is now available for them all to explore (VERY CAREFULLY) so they can feel the weight of the trophy and feel the inscription.”

Julie Fardell, headteacher, The Royal Blind School

You do not know how much satisfaction this award has given me and the school. One of the most satisfying experiences in my teaching career.

Jonathan Whybrow, headteacher, Beachborough School

The impact that winning an award has on the whole school community is so positive and we are already thinking ahead about which category we might enter next year.

Valerie Dunsford, headteacher, Sheffield High School