A wave of excitement swept through the independent schools world as society magazine Tatler published the nominations for its annual schools awards.

Five schools are in line to potentially receive the coveted Public School of the Year Award, including Stonyhurst, Sherborne Girls, Marlborough College, Reigate Grammar School and Oakham School.

Under consideration for Best Head of a Public School were Mark Turnbull at Giggleswick School, Douglas Robb at Gresham’s, Emma McKendrick at Downe House, Antony Wallersteiner at Stowe School and Jane Lunnon at Wimbledon High/Alleyn’s School.

Every year, the Tatler Schools Guide reveals its favourite selection of schools based on trips, interviews and other research.

The Tatler Schools Awards decide which schools come out on top, with winners selected by panel.

This year the awards ceremony will be hosted virtually on the Tatler Schools Instagram channel on Tuesday, October 6 at 6pm.

 

The nominations in full:

 

BEST HEAD OF A PREP SCHOOL

 

Sophie Green, Godstowe
Sarah Knollys, Notting Hill Prep School
Martin Barker, Westbourne House School
Jeremy Banks, Caldicott
Henry Knight, Belhaven Hill

 

PREP SCHOOL OF THE YEAR

Cottesmore School
Sunningdale School
Moulsford
The Elms
Thomas’s Battersea

 

BEST HEAD OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL

Mark Turnbull, Giggleswick School
Douglas Robb, Gresham’s
Emma McKendrick, Downe House
Antony Wallersteiner, Stowe School
Jane Lunnon, Wimbledon High/Alleyn’s School

 

PUBLIC SCHOOL OF THE YEAR

Stonyhurst
Sherborne Girls
Marlborough College
Reigate Grammar School
Oakham School

 

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Julie Robinson ISC, chairwoman
Professor Bailey, St Paul’s School
Patrick Derham OBE, Westminster School
Phil Ward, Thomas’s Clapham
Richard Foster, Windlesham House School

 

UNSUNG HERO AWARD

Gary Steer, Bedford School
Sister Gill Nurse, Godolphin School
Amelia Brooks, Brambletye
Sarah Wood Matron, Oundle School
Terry Stickney, Saint Ronan’s

 

BEST FOOD AWARD

Cheltenham Ladies’ College
Benenden School
Bradfield College
Millfield
Terrington Hall

 

 Pic: Stonyhurst College, by Pjposullivan