2022 Shortlist

What the judges are looking for

The judges will be looking for stories of success which demonstrate how the schools applying for each award have fostered excellence and enhanced their students’ ability to grow and develop in whichever aspect of school life the award recognises. 

Throughout the recent challenging times our schools have continued to deliver a top class educational experience to students and the judges are keen that the awards can be used to showcase the impressive work that is being undertaken in every aspect of a school’s life.


Success comes in many different guises – from winning national competitions to creating life-changing moments. The judges will be open to individual schools’ own interpretation of what represents success for them. They will be keen to see how the schools present their stories and narrate the achievement of excellence. Entries could talk about school life as a whole or focus on individual initiatives or achievements.

Each award celebrates a different element or dimension of an independent school education. Consequently, the judges will expect each entry to focus on the achievement of excellence in the area of activity for which the particular award is being made rather than a holistic description of the school’s overall performance. 


The judges have worked hard to simplify the criteria for each award  and would encourage everyone who is going to be authoring an entry this year to take time to understand what the judges are looking for and to craft their stories accordingly.

The style and clarity of the written entry will also be important; the judges will be looking for a compelling story effectively told which draws them into the life of a school rather than a simple list of achievements.

Watch the video below where some of our judges offer some hints and tips on what they are looking for in an entry:

Awards Timeline


16 March


27 May


4 July


7 September


9 September


Date TBC