The ISA Awards

The ISA Awards is an annual event which recognises and celebrates success in our Members’ schools. We invite entries from Members in a range of categories, recognising achievement in academic and extra curricular provision, and community and outreach activities. The Awards gives Members the opportunity to celebrate their schools’ success, and promote their achievements both to parents and the wider community.

ISA Awards 2016 winners were announced at our Autumn Study Conference. You can find them below.

Information for how to enter ISA Awards 2017 will be sent to Members next Spring Term.

Award Categories

1. ISA Early Years Award for excellence and innovation in provision
Applications are sought from members that can evidence the outstanding quality of their Early Years setting (open to any ISA school with Early Years, Pre-Prep or Nursery provision, including Reception). Evidence can be wide-ranging and may include EYFS inspection outcomes or value-added data, or evidence for innovation in provision with particular emphasis on the curriculum.

Shortlisted schools: The Firs School,  Annemount School

Winner: St Andrew’s School, Bedford

2. ISA Junior/Prep School Award for excellence and innovation in provision
This award is open to ISA members with provision covering the Junior/Prep years in the 5-13 age range. Excellence could be evidenced through pupil outcomes (including value-added data) and provision via inspection evidence or other recent recognition. Judges will also look for evidence of curriculum innovation in one or more subject and/or extra-curricular areas where the positive impact on pupils is clear.

Shortlisted schools: Cundall Manor, Caversham Preparatory School

Winner: Torwood House School 

3. ISA Senior School Award for excellence and innovation in provision
Sponsored by The University of Southampton

Open to schools with pupils in secondary and/or post-16 provision, judges are looking for excellence and/or innovation in pupil outcomes, or curricular or non-curricular programmes, evidenced as above.

Shortlisted schools: Bowbrook House School

Winner: Thorpe Hall School

4. ISA Award for Outstanding Provision in Sport
Applications are sought from members that can evidence their outstanding sporting provision in relation to opportunities offered to pupils. This might include partnership work with state schools or the community, an extensive extra-curricular programme, and opportunities to access national/ international events. Applications from schools demonstrating very high levels of participation across the school are particularly encouraged.

Shortlisted schools: Rushmoor School, Ballard School

Winner: Rushmoor School

5. ISA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sport
The judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding sporting achievement –either by an individual, a team or the school collectively.

Shortlisted schools: Claires Court, Red House School, Cundall Manor

Winner: Claires Court

6. ISA Award for Excellence in the Arts
The ISA Arts Award will be presented to the school that can provide evidence of going the extra mile in terms of arts provision and achievement. This category covers all types of art, design and photography as well as drama and music. Schools wishing to apply may evidence just one or all of these areas.

Shortlisted schools: The Hammond, Hull Collegiate

Winner: Ballard School

7. ISA Award for Outstanding Provision in STEM
The judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding provision in STEM disciplines. This might include innovative teaching methods, extra curricular provision or engagement with the wider community.

Shortlisted schools:  Alton Convent School, Hatherop Castle School

Winner: Parsons Green Prep School

8. ISA Award for Alternative Provision
The ISA Award for Alternative Provision welcomes applications from members with an unconventional offering. This may include SEND, EAL or innovative learning environments. Schools are invited to analyse the provision of their establishment, and provide examples of its success.

Shortlisted schools: Oracle School, Bowbrook House School

Winner: Shapwick School

9. Outstanding Contribution for International Understanding
Applications are sought from schools that can evidence an international contribution – perhaps through charitable work, engagement in overseas projects, or innovative teaching.

Shortlisted schools: CATS Canterbury, Alton Convent School

Winner: ACS Egham

10. School Website of the Year
Sponsored by The Outstanding Website Company

The School Website of the Year will be awarded to the school judged to have the most effective website in terms of accessibility, ease of navigation and overall design.

Shortlisted schools: Rosemary Works School, Brampton College

Winner: Radnor House Twickenham 

11. ISA Award for IT Innovation
Sponsored by HP

The ISA Award for IT Innovation will be presented to the school that can demonstrate new thinking and practices either in terms of the IT systems within school or the IT teaching provision e.g. computer programming, use of mobile devices, etc.

Shortlisted schools: CATS Canterbury, Bowbrook House School

Winner: Claires Court

12. ISA Award for Healthy Eating
Sponsored by Wilson Vale

Applications are sought from members that can evidence an outstanding commitment to healthy eating, both in terms of the provision for pupils and prominence in curricular activity.

Shortlisted schools: Annemount School, Thames Christian College

Winner:  Scarisbrick Hall School

13. ISA Community Award
Schools that can demonstrate strong community or state sector partnerships are encouraged to enter this category. Judges will be looking for evidence of partnership working, sharing best practice, provision of opportunities for maintained sector pupils or working with community groups and events.

Shortlisted schools: St Piran’s, Springmead School

Winner: St Petroc’s

14. ISA Award for Outstanding Provision of Outdoor Learning
Sponsored by The Gundog Company

Applications are sought from schools that can evidence outstanding provision in outdoor learning. This category is not limited to registered forest schools, and welcomes applications from all ISA schools.

Shortlisted schools: Springmead School, Gosfield School

Winner: Copthill School 


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