Independent schools win at TES Schools Awards 2023

Heather Hanbury from Lady Eleanor Holles School was crowned Independent Headteacher of the Year at the TES Schools Awards 2023

TES schools awards 2023 Heather Hanbury at Lady Eleanor Holles School

It was a big night for a number of independent schools and educators as the winners of the Tes Schools Awards 2023 were announced.

The awards, now in their 15th year, celebrate the commitment, quality and innovation shown by teachers and support staff across the UK.

The awards ceremony took place on Friday June 23 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, on London’s Park Lane.

The awards brought together teachers and schools from UK state and independent settings, including early years, primary and secondary schools.

The panel of awards judges included school leaders, experts and education researchers.

There were 21 awards with five going to independent schools, including:

  1. Best Use of Technology: Eltham College, London
  2. Headteacher of the Year (Independent): Heather Hanbury, Lady Eleanor Holles School, Surrey
  3. Boarding School of the Year: Felsted School, Essex
  4. Independent Prep School of the Year: Eversfield Prep School, Solihull, West Midlands
  5. Independent Senior School of the Year: Caterham School, Surrey

Guy Sanderson, headmaster from Eltham College said “This award is fantastic and for an initiative that was all about real, day-to-day inclusion. Calling and pronouncing people by their names properly makes them feel welcome and at home.”

Heather Hanbury from Lady Eleanor Holles said “I am overwhelmed with delight at this award – it means so much. I retire in a few weeks’ time, so this is an incredible way to leave the profession that I love so much.”

Chris Townsend, from Felsted School said: “We are incredibly proud of what all the staff at Felsted do on a day-to-day basis to make it the school that it is. It’s only by everyone putting in those immense efforts that makes such a difference.”

Robert Yates, headmaster from Eversfield said: “We feel very privileged to have won this award – there were so many amazing schools here tonight. I’m really proud of everyone at the school that puts so much effort into making the school what it is: all the staff, the governors and the students.”

Ceri Jones, headmaster of Caterham School said: “We feel very honoured to have won this award. Partnerships are at the heart of everything we do here at Caterham and this award is for everyone in our community not just our school.”

Tes editor and chief judge of the Tes Schools Awards 2023, Jon Severs, said: “With these awards we honour the education community, who we’ve served for nearly 113 years. This year has seen some incredibly high-quality entries.

“These awards showcase just how vital our education professionals are to every facet of this country. Teachers, leaders and support staff all play such an important role in schools: this is our chance to say thank you for all that they do.”

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