The Independent School Awards™ (ISAs) celebrate excellence in the strategic and financial management of independent schools in the UK. They are organised by the team behind Funding for Independent Schools magazine (www.fismagazine.co.uk). The ISAs provides benchmarks for the sector as a whole and networking opportunities for schools to learn from each other. All shortlisted schools can demonstrate value for money to their parents. The award categories, judges and judging criteria can be found by clicking on the buttons on the left.
The winners for 2013 are listed below, with more details on the left under the button The 2013 Shortlist. The gala presentation took place on November 14 at the Nottingham Belfry. A video of 2013's awards presentation evening will be available here in December 2013.
The winners 2013:
Outstanding Strategic Initiative: Brighton College
Outstanding Financial/Commercial Initiative: Aberdour School
Outstanding Fundraising Initiative: Bury Grammar School for Girls
Outstanding Community Initiative: Trinity School Croydon
Best Independent-Maintained School Collaboration: Sunninghill Preparatory School
Education Initiative of the Year: Elmfield Rudolf Steiner School
Special Needs Initiative of the Year: Malvern College
Outstanding Senior Leadership Team of the Year: Sheffield High School
Outstanding Governing Body of the Year: Surbiton High School
British International School of the Year: The International School Bangalore
Lifetime Achievement (joint): Barry Brindley (The Grammar School at Leeds) and Joanne Green (Francis Holland School)
Independent School of the Year 2013: Brighton College
Speaker at the ISAs 2013:
John McCarthy CBE, journalist and broadcaster, became the story himself when he was taken hostage in Lebanon by Islamic Jihad, a fundamentalist Shi'ite group. John endured 1,943 days of captivity and confronted mental and physical torture, boredom, self-doubt and despair.
When finally released, John tried to return to normality, but his experiences had had a profound and enduring effect on him. An account of his captivity, Some Other Rainbow, which he co-wrote with his girlfriend Jill Morrell, became a bestseller and was described as "an astonishing achievement".
John's other books are Between Extremes, an account of a Patagonian journey with fellow-hostage Brian Keenan and A Ghost Upon Your Path, in which John investigates his Irish roots. In Island Race, which was also a television documentary, he writes about a circumnavigation of Britain with Sandi Toksvig.
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