2022 Shortlist


Independent Schools of the Year 2022 is an awards programme brought to you by Independent School Parent magazine.

They are designed to showcase our schools’ success stories and celebrate the extraordinary and compelling student experience they provide.

This year there are 22 award categories which schools can enter. They have been designed to reflect the breadth and diversity of life as a student in the independent education sector. 

The awards are free to enter for all independent schools which are members of an association in membership of the Independent Schools.

The judges will be looking for schools to share stories of success underpinned by supporting evidence. Success comes in many forms and we want to celebrate them all. 

Nominations will open on 16 March and close on 27 May. Entries are easy to submit using the online forms on this website.

The 2022 Commended Schools will be announced on 4 JulyFinalists on 7 September and the winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony in October.

The Winners, Finalists and Commended schools will be presented with specially commissioned rosettes and supporting collateral to use across their print and online marketing materials celebrating their success. Winning schools will also be awarded one of the much-coveted ISOTY trophies.

The awards will be chaired once again by Dr Helen Wright, international education adviser and past Vice Chair of the ISC, supported by a panel of judges which includes leading Head Teachers and representatives of the professional associations.

Helen Wright comments:

“I am so pleased to be chairing the judging panel for the Independent Schools of the Year for a fifth time.

I hope that the awards will provide schools an opportunity to take stock of all they have achieved in 2021-22 – often in challenging circumstances – and celebrate the amazing student experience they have continued to be able to provide.

The announcement of the winners in the autumn will provide our schools with a great platform from which to tell their stories and underline the benefits of an independent school education as the sector pushes forward.

These highly-regarded awards recognise and celebrate the amazing experiences and opportunities for students in independent schools across the UK and British schools overseas.”


The Rising Star of the Year Award honours the particular success of individual students who are nominated by their schools for outstanding personal achievement. The winner of the Rising Star Award will be decided by the Independent School Parent editorial team. The winner of The Unsung Hero of the Year award, which recognises the sometimes hidden contribution of key players within a school community, will be chosen by members of the senior management team of the Chelsea Magazine Company. A further award will be made for the Independent School of the Year which will be chosen by the judges from amongst the winners of all the other award categories. 

Awards Timeline


16 March


27 May


4 July


7 September


9 September


Date TBC