2023 Winners Announced

The judges are pleased to announce the winners of Independent Schools of the Year 2023

2023 Winners

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. 

In 2023, given the current political climate and the debate about the role, value and contribution of independent schools in some quarters, the judges are keen to receive entries which showcase and amplify the good news stories about what our schools have achieved in 2022-23.

 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:

2023 Awards Timeline


15th March


12th June


4th July


6th September


6th September


10th October