The ISA Awards

ISA Members are invited to enter the ISA Awards 2018, 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 are an excellent opportunity to celebrate your school’s success with your staff and fellow ISA Members, and promote your achievements both to existing and prospective parents, and the wider community.

Shortlisted schools are announced in the Autumn Term, and the winners are revealed at our prestigious Awards Ceremony at the Autumn Study Conference in November, which is hosted by an entertaining celebrity.

Please click here to access the Guidelines and Application Form for entering.

Deadline: 20 July 2018


The ISA Awards 2018

(Click on each category below to view the criteria for entering)

ISA Early Years Award for Excellence and Innovation in Provision

Applications are sought from schools 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 an emphasis on the curriculum.

ISA Junior/Prep School Award for Academic Excellence and Innovation

This award is 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 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.

ISA Senior School Award for Academic Excellence and Innovation

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.

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

Applications are sought from small schools 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, extensive extra-curricular programmes, or opportunities to access national/ international events. Applications from schools demonstrating very high levels of participation in Sport across the school are particularly encouraged.

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

Applications are sought from large schools that can 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 very high levels of participation in Sport across the school are particularly encouraged.

ISA Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Performing Arts

This Award will be presented to the school that can 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. Schools wishing to apply may evidence just one or all of these areas.

ISA Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Fine Arts

This Award will be presented to the school that can 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. Again, schools wishing to apply may evidence just one or all of these areas.

ISA Award for Innovation in STEM

The judges will be 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.

ISA Award for Excellence and Innovation in Mental Health and Wellbeing

The Award welcomes 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.

ISA Award for Excellence and Innovation in Partnerships

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, and provision of opportunities for maintained sector pupils or working with the wider community.

ISA Award for Outstanding Contribution for International Understanding

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

ISA Award for Outstanding Provision for Learning Support

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 might want 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. They may want to talk about outcomes and to give some success stories which do not have to be linked to exam results for success is a much wider concept.

ISA Award for Excellence in Extra-Curricular Activities

Applicants that can 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

Schools can 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.