Frequently asked questions

How much does it cost to enter the awards?

Entry is free.

What period do these awards relate to?

Our judges will be looking for outstanding examples of best practice during the 2018-2019 academic year. 

We will accept submissions based on projects that commenced prior to the 2018-2019 academic year, provided that core achievements have taken place during this main period of focus. We will also accept any evidence that has come to light after the close of the 2018-2019 academic year if this further underlines success.

Can we enter more than one category?

You may enter as many categories as you wish, but you must complete a separate submission for each category.

Can we enter more than one project/team in a single category?

Yes. If potential entries are distinctive and unrelated please feel free to submit both. Otherwise, it is advisable to combine the best elements of each in a stronger single entry.

How will I know that my submission has been received?

Once you have submitted your entry you will receive an email confirming your school name, the nominee, and the category you have entered. This email will also contain a unique ID number which will be used in all future Independent School Awards 2020 correspondence relating to your entry.

Who can enter?

The awards are open to all independent schools. Entries can be completed by schools themselves or their suppliers (PR companies, etc). If you are entering on behalf of a school please make sure they are happy for you to do so.

Are collaborative entries accepted?

Yes (see below).  

Schools working together

If your entry relates to an initiative or project carried out in collaboration with another school or schools, the submission should come from the lead school. Any shortlisting will be in the name of that school. If you are successful we will give credit to partner schools at the awards ceremony where appropriate.  

If there is no lead school, to avoid multiple entries for the same project please agree who will make the submission on behalf of the group.     

Schools working with public or private partners

You may enter a project that has been undertaken in collaboration with an external public or private partner, but the award will be given to the winning school only. If the project is successful we will give credit to partners at the awards ceremony where appropriate.

When is the closing date for entries?

Entries close at midnight on Friday 11 October 2019 

How do I enter?

Please read our entry guidelines, then click the enter now tab on the right. Entry is free, and you may enter as many categories as you wish.

When will I find out if we have been shortlisted?

Shortlists will be published in Tes magazine and on our website on Friday 15 November 2019

How are the entries judged?

A distinguished panel of experts will meet to choose our winners.

When are the winners announced?

Announcement of the winners will be made at the awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Friday 7 February 2020

How do I book tickets for the event?

You can book individual places or full tables for the event using our online booking system. 

What is the programme for the evening?

6.45pm - Drinks reception
7.30pm - Dinner
9.30pm - Awards presentation
11.00pm - Disco
00.30am - Carriages

What is the dress code for the evening?

The event is black tie.

How will I receive my ticket/s?

Tickets will be sent out in the post three weeks prior to the awards.

What happens if I have purchased a ticket but I am unable to attend?

We are happy for you to offer your ticket to a colleague, but unfortunately all booked tickets are non-refundable. In the event of a change, please email the new attendees' details to as soon as possible.

How do I submit the attendees' details?

Once you have booked your places you will receive a confirmation email that will include a link allowing you to submit your guests' details.

Are under-18s allowed to attend the awards evening?

Under-18s are not automatically able to attend the event due to the venue’s licence. Please contact us for more information.