The ISA Awards 2018

The ISA Awards is an annual event that celebrates success in our Members’ schools, and recognises the breadth of quality and provision in independent education across the country. The Awards cover everything from Early Years provision, to innovation in Performing Arts or STEM.


The ISA Awards 2018

Click here to view information about the ISA Awards 2019

Click on each category below to view the criteria for entering and the winning schools. You can also click on each winner to view the comments from our judges. 

ISA Early Years Award for Excellence and Innovation in Provision

Winner: Holme Grange School

Applications were sought from schools that could 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 could be wide-ranging and may include EYFS inspection outcomes or value-added data, or evidence for innovation in provision with an emphasis on the curriculum.

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ISA Junior/Prep School Award for Academic Excellence and Innovation

Winner: Woodlands School, Hutton Manor

This award was open to schools 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 external recognition. Judges were looking for evidence of curriculum innovation in one or more subject and/or extra-curricular areas where the positive impact on pupils was clear.

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ISA Senior School Award for Academic Excellence and Innovation

Winner: Alderley Edge School for Girls

This award was open to schools with pupils in secondary and/or post-16 provision. Judges were looking for excellence and/or innovation in pupil outcomes, or curricular or non-curricular programmes, evidenced as above.

ISA Award for Outstanding Sport (Small School*)
*1 class per year group

Winner: Appleford School

Applications were sought from small schools that could evidence their outstanding sporting provision in relation to opportunities offered to pupils. This might include partnership work with state schools or the community, extensive extra-curricular programmes, or opportunities to access national/ international events. Applications from schools demonstrating high levels of participation in Sport across the school were particularly encouraged.

 ISA Award for Outstanding Sport (Large School*)
*more than 1 class per year group

Winner: Alleyn Court Preparatory School

Applications were sought from large schools that could evidence their outstanding sporting provision in relation to opportunities offered to pupils. Again, this might include partnership work with state schools or the community, extensive extra-curricular programmes, or opportunities to access national/ international events. Applications from schools demonstrating high levels of participation in Sport across the school were particularly encouraged.

ISA Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Performing Arts

Winner: Duke of Kent School

This Award was presented to the school that could provide evidence of going the extra mile in terms of Performing Arts provision and achievement. This may include innovative teaching techniques, or an offering of extra-ordinary opportunities for pupils, that help to enhance their Performing Arts. This category covers dance, drama, instrumental music and choral singing.

ISA Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Fine Arts

Winner: Bredon School

This Award was presented to the school that could provide evidence of going the extra mile in terms of Arts provision and achievement. This may include innovative teaching techniques, or an offering of extra-ordinary opportunities for pupils, that help to enhance their learning in the Arts. This category covers fine art, sculpture, design and photography.

ISA Award for Innovation in STEM

Winner: Heywood Preparatory School

The judges were looking for evidence of innovation and outstanding provision in one or more STEM disciplines. This might include innovative teaching methods, extra-curricular provision, or engagement with the wider community.

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ISA Award for Excellence and Innovation in Mental Health and Wellbeing

Winner: Our Lady of Sion School

The Award welcomed applications from schools with forward-thinking methods of ensuring Pupil and Staff Wellbeing. This may include innovative projects involving mindfulness or resilience, or initiatives that help with prevention and enhance student welfare, self-esteem and inclusion within the school.

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ISA Award for Excellence and Innovation in Partnerships

Winner: St Petroc’s School

Schools that could demonstrate strong community or state sector partnerships were encouraged to enter this category. Judges were looking for evidence of partnership working, sharing best practice, and provision of opportunities for maintained sector pupils or working with the wider community.

ISA Award for Outstanding Contribution for International Understanding

Winner: Hull Collegiate School

Applications were sought from schools that could evidence an outstanding international contribution – perhaps through charitable work, engagement in overseas projects, and innovative teaching.

ISA Award for Outstanding Provision for Learning Support

Winner: Torwood House School

All our schools have a diverse population. Some children will thrive once they are given a little extra help and ISA schools are very good at this. Schools applying for this award were encouraged to say what they do to recognise each child’s needs, what imaginative support they put in to match those needs, how they monitor progress or how they help all their staff to have an input into each child’s development.

ISA Award for Excellence in Extra-Curricular Activities

Winner: St David’s College

Applicants were encouraged from schools that could evidence their outstanding extra-curricular provision in relation to opportunities offered to pupils (in addition to sport and music which are covered in other categories). This might include CCFs, other uniformed organisations, chess clubs, debating societies, Duke of Edinburgh schemes, etc.

ISA Award for Outstanding Engagement with Parents

Winner: St James Senior Boys’ School

Applications were sought from schools that could demonstrate outstanding interaction and cohesion with parents and show evidence of going the extra mile to work with and support parents. This may be through collaborative projects or innovative communication methods, for example.

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