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TES Independent School Awards: the winners revealed

New Hall School in Chelmsford wins the Overall Independent School of the Year title, but many others receive gongs for their hard work

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New Hall School in Chelmsford wins the Overall Independent School of the Year title, but many others receive gongs for their hard work

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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