Independent School Awards 2016 :: Sponsors
2018 categories & criteria will be published here in May Open for entries from Friday 12 May until Friday 23 June 2017


Headline sponsor

SIMS Independent

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Independent school of the year 

Featuring award-winning technology to give senior leaders a clear picture of performance throughout the school, SIMS Independent is the leading management information supplier.
Trusted by over 670 independent schools worldwide, our customers tell us their key reasons for choosing SIMS: 
  • They benefit from the extensive knowledge of our team, dedicated to the independent school sector
  • They have found no other management information system with the innovation and breadth of SIMS to support them in meeting their school’s vision 
  • They consider our account management and customer support to be unequalled

Category sponsor


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Strategic education initiative of the year

Marsh’s education practice has been working with independent schools since 1926 and we currently support more than a 1,000 schools and colleges. As an education insurance broking specialist, we provide access to a wide range of insurances for schools, their staff and pupils, including a personal accident scheme which protects more than 350,000 independent school pupils and staff in the UK.

For further information, visit or join the Marsh UK Education Forum on LinkedIn.

Gabbitas Educational Consultants

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Senior Leadership Team of the Year

Established in 1873, Gabbitas has many years of experience in providing guidance to families, students and schools worldwide including:
  • Personal advice to parents about which independent school is right for their child including pre-preparatory, preparatory, senior schools and colleges, boarding and day, and those that cater to dyslexia and other special needs
  • Further and higher education advice for individual students including course selection, application, interview techniques, careers advice and organising work experience 
  • Masters and MBA advice and application support for postgraduates
  • Summer Schools for international students
  • Private tutoring for all stages of education, both in the UK and worldwide
  • Guardianship arrangements for families living overseas with a child at a UK boarding school
  • Professional recruitment for independent schools at all levels, from subject teachers to heads
  • School management consultancy including advice on establishing or buying a school, evaluation and management, staffing and salary structures, appraisals of heads and other senior staff and school inspections 
Gabbitas is based in Central London and has offices in Dubai, South Korea, Japan and China, and a Russian department based in our London headquarters. We pride ourselves on combining a respected tradition of excellence with a unique service, tailored to fit the particular requirements of our clients worldwide.

Perry Uniform

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Financial/Commercial Initiative of the Year

Perry Uniform takes pride in building long term relationships with our schools.  Acknowledged as an effective uniform supplier with a “no hassle” service designed for the way we live today, Perry is trusted by the UK’s most successful independent schools as their uniform supplier. Forward thinking and creative we build strong long term partnerships with the schools we support. Perry Uniform will enhance your school’s brand through excellent and reliable service, providing parents with a user friendly experience and great quality products ...... made in England and delivered on time, every time.

Independent Schools’ Pension Scheme

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Special Needs Initiative of the Year 

Administered by The Pensions Trust, the award winning Independent Schools' Pension Scheme (ISPS) is an industry-wide centralised occupational pension scheme for support staff. 

The Scheme offers a wide range of benefit options including a defined contribution (DC) benefit option and a career average defined benefit (DB) benefit option. The Scheme now has five different benefit options to choose from, including one similar to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme. All of the benefit options can be tailored to suit all budgets.

More than 75 participating employers and 4,000 members trust ISPS to look after their retirement needs.


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Community Initiative of the Year

Buckinghamshire Learning Trust

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British International School Initiative of the Year

From working with British International Schools we are aware that a common concern is isolation and a lack of quality support. We are working with schools worldwide as their School Improvement Partner and CPD provider of choice, providing cost effective, quality assured support to meet individual need. These relationships vary from a single day in-school consultancy and support for NQT induction to long-term collaborative improvement projects.  
The Trust can provide your school with a bespoke school improvement package to address your needs and timescales for improvement.  Our team has experience in using wide-ranging approaches including coaching and mentoring, training and consultation within the international market to maximise impact and ensure long-term sustainable improvement.


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Marketing/Communications Campaign of the Year

AMDIS has been serving admissions, marketing & development professionals in the independent schools sector for over 20 years and has over 450 member schools.
All those working for a member school can take advantage of the complete range of service and member benefits that AMDIS has to offer: 
  • Extensive programme of events – annual conference, one day seminars, workshops and regional events
  • Reduced costs – for member services & training
  • Networking opportunities 
  • Library of resources – Speaker notes, how to guides, recommended books, websites & apps 
  • Industry insight and comment
  • Portfolio of professional development training courses
  • Career development – access to job vacancies & placements
  • Linkedin group forum

Chartwells Independent

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Boarding Initiative of the Year

Bircham Dyson Bell

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Governing Body of the Year

IDPE (The Institute of Development Professionals in Education)

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Fundraising Initiative of the Year




IDPE (Institute of Development Professionals in Education) is a charity and membership organisation that enables schools to develop cultures of giving so that they can provide the nation’s young people with the best educational opportunities. 
We empower schools to fundraise, encouraging their communities to give so that they can create economic growth to fund everything from building projects to bursaries.  In effect we enable enterprise in schools.

If you are interested in sponsorship of an award category, please contact:

Tim Mustin
Sponsorship Manager
020 3194 3037