Tes Independent School Award winners demonstrate the best of their sector

School that helped out in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy is named independent school of the year

Martin George

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They are the schools that show off the very best that the independent sector has to offer.

This evening, the winners of the Tes Independent School Awards 2018 have been announced at a glittering ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

They range from a school that aided a local partner when it suffered the worst imaginable tragedy, to an initiative that saw SEND pupils help restore a canal for the community, and work to preserve sporting opportunities in their city.

The independent school of the year is Latymer Upper School, which one judge described as “putting the best possible case for being a public school in this day and age”.

Testimonials from local schools it works with spoke in sparkling terms about its impact, and when the Grenfell Tower tragedy forced Kensington Aldridge Academy to close its site, Latymer stepped in to offer itself as a base for lower-sixth pupils.

And this year’s award for special services to independent education goes to Peter Bellenger, of Brighton College.

Colleagues cited his passion for chemistry, his exciting practicals and his commitment outside lessons.

The school rallied around him after he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease, and the judges said: “Peter Bellenger is deemed to be an inspirational teacher, supported by his results, and his stoic defiance in the face of a debilitating illness is to be admired.”

Ann Mroz, editor of Tes, said: “We congratulate this year’s winners; all of them should be justly proud of their achievements and success this evening.”

The full list of winners is:

Independent school of the year

Latymer Upper School


Senior leadership team of the year

Wolverhampton Grammar School


Marketing campaign of the year

Loughborough Grammar School


International school of the year

Prince of Wales Island International School – Penang, Malaysia


Boarding school of the year

Wellington College


Best use of technology award

Caterham School


Special services to independent education award

Peter Bellenger, Brighton College


Senior school of the year

Latymer Upper School


Pre-prep/prep school of the year

Clifton School and Nursery


Whole school community initiative 
of the year

Bolton School


Special needs initiative of the year

Wilds Lodge School


Independent-state school partnership

Latymer Upper School



Wellbeing initiative of the year

The Holmewood School


Strategic education initiative of the year

St Faith’s


Creativity award

Surbiton High School


Financial/fundraising initiative of the year

King Edward VI High School for Girls

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Martin George

Martin George

Martin George is a reporter at Tes

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