Independent Schools Association Awards celebrate successes in a difficult year for all

03 Mar 2021

After a challenging year for all – schools, pupils and parents included – the Independent Schools Association (ISA) celebrated the successes of its Members’ schools with the ISA Awards 2020. Outstanding local community involvement, sustainability and environmental education and outstanding provision for learning support are just some of the areas of excellence celebrated at the virtual awards ceremony. 

The ISA Awards celebrate the breadth of excellence and innovation across the independent sector, and recognise the hard work of Headteachers and their staff. This past year has been unprecedented for all, but one thing that has remained is the dedication and hard work from ISA Members and their schools to push on and continue to offer an excellent education to all the children in their care.

This was evident from the high standard of entries received, which were as strong as ever.

ISA Senior School of the Year was awarded to Adcote School for Girls in Shropshire. To be ISA Senior School of the Year, applicants must demonstrate how the school makes a positive difference to the educational outcomes of the children in its care. Adcote’s efforts over the past few years to take on board the wishes of parents, self-reflect, put changes in place and then measure the results so clearly, gave them the edge. The systems put in place have had a positive impact in many ways, including personal growth, as well as academic success.

ISA Junior School of the Year went to St Christopher’s School in Epsom. The winner of this prestigious award must demonstrate the clear cause-and-effect between decisions made by the school and the exceptional outcomes achieved. The sparkling creativity of all teaching staff and the Headteacher shone through at St Christopher’s, with innovative approaches to lockdown, community engagement, specialist art and music, and much more.

The winners of the ISA Awards 2020 were:

ISA Junior School of the Year Award: St Christopher’s School, Epsom

ISA Senior School of the Year Award: Adcote School for Girls, Shropshire


ISA Award for Outstanding Sport in a Small School: St David’s College, Llandudno

ISA Award for Outstanding Sport in a Large School: LVS Ascot


ISA Award for Excellence and Innovation in Performing Arts: Duke of Kent School, Ewhurst

ISA Award for Excellence and Innovation in Fine Arts: MPW College London


ISA Award for Outstanding Provision for Learning Support: LVS Hassocks


ISA Award for Outstanding Local Community Involvement: Leighton Park School, Reading

ISA Award for Outstanding International Involvement: Essendene Lodge School, Caterham

ISA Award for Outstanding STEAM Provision: St Faith’s Prep School, Canterbury

ISA Award for Sustainability and Environmental Education: Kingsley School, Bideford

ISA Award for Excellence in Pupil Personal Development: Cardiff Sixth Form

ISA Award for Innovation in Pupil Voice: DLD College London

ISA Award Marketing Initiative of the Year: Caversham Prep School, Reading


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