The efforts of teachers and schools across the independent sector were praised at the TES Independent School Awards ceremony.
Comedian Simon Evans hosted the glitzy awards dinner at the Grosvenor House hotel on London’s Park Lane on Friday evening.
A total of 14 different awards were given out to schools across the evening, including the top award of Independent School of the Year, which went to New Hall School, a day and boarding school in Chelmsford, Essex.
Judges were particularly impressed by the holistic approach of the school's leaders, concluding that it is "clearly an effective school at all levels and an exemplar of a can-do attitude throughout."
The independent school also picked up the award for Financial/Commercial Initative of the Year for a project that promoted alternatives to car use for the journey to school.
To find out more about each of the winners listed below, read this booklet.
The full list of award winners
Overall Independent School of the Year 2016: New Hall School, Chelmsford, Essex
Strategic Education Initiative of the Year: Colfe's School, south-east London
Financial/Commercial Initiative of the Year: New Hall School
Fundraising Initiative of the Year: Summer Fields Preparatory School, Oxford
Community Initiative of the Year: Hill House School, Doncaster
Best Independent-Maintained School Collaboration: Wellington College, Berkshire
Special Needs Initiative of the Year: Calder House School, Wiltshire
Boarding Initiative of the Year: Ashville College, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Marketing/Communications Campaign of the Year: St Lawrence College, Kent
Senior Leadership Team of the Year: Royal Grammar School, Newcastle
Governing Body of the Year: St Teresa's Effingham, Surrey
Outstanding Post-16 Innovative Provision: Queen Anne's School, Berkshire
British International School Initiative of the Year: The British School Kathmandu
Lifetime Achievement: John Claughton, former chief master at King Edward's School, Birmingham
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