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2023 International School Awards

The International School Awards celebrate learning, teaching, community, wellbeing, leadership and other strategic initiatives at international schools. They provide the opportunity for international schools to share best practice, creative endeavours, community participation, and innovation. 

    Applications now open

    The awards are open to all international schools, including online schools. Select the award category that best represents your initiative and apply online via our new application platform. Read more about our application process and our judges.

    International School Awards

    The International School Awards are hosted by ISC Research with the support of International School Leader Magazine.

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    2023 Award categories

    Community partnership

    This award will recognise a school initiative that involves students as community partners, working in collaboration with an external group to develop impact in the community.

    Digital technology in learning

    This award will recognise a school initiative that involves digital technology to support student learning in a way that includes the development of digital responsibility as part of the initiative.

    Diversity, equity, inclusion and justice

    This award will recognise an initiative being implemented as part of a school’s strategic journey towards developing DEIJ (diversity, equity, inclusion and justice).   

    Ethical values education

    This award will recognise how a school initiative is supporting students in their development of ethical values which encourage them to think and act as global citizens.

    Future pathways

    This award will recognise how a school initiative is preparing students with the skills and/or values to support their future pathways.

    Innovation and creativity in learning

    This award will recognise a school initiative that supports students in future thinking and creative innovation. 


    This award will recognise a school initiative that supports safeguarding within a school community. This may include the prevention of radicalisation.

    Strategic leadership

    This award will recognise an initiative that has been collectively spearheaded by a leadership team, senior leadership team or governing body. 


    This award will recognise an initiative being implemented as part of a school’s sustainability ethos.


    This award will recognise a school initiative that supports the wellbeing of a school’s stakeholders, including the pastoral care of students.

    International school of the year

    This award is selected by the judges from one of the winners of the 10 individual categories.

    Also included in last year's awards

    International impact

    This award recognised a school initiative that demonstrated how international education and the school ethos had had a positive impact within the locality and/or on a global scale. 

    Teaching and learning

    This award recognised a subject-specific or whole-school initiative that had supported teaching and learning to the benefit of the students.



    A panel of independent judges select all shortlisted and winning schools.
    Polly Akhurst
    Polly Akhurst

    Job title - Co-founder and Co-Executive Director, Amala

    Polly Akhurst is the Co-founder and Co Executive Director of Amala, a not for profit organisation which uses the power of education to transform the lives of refugees, their communities and the world. Amala has developed the first high school ... View profile

    Dr Samia Al Farra
    Dr Samia Al Farra

    Job title - International Education Consultant

    Dr Samia Al Farra works as a consultant in school improvement and excellence in education K-12. Currently she serves on three boards of international schools in Dubai, Riyadh and Kuwait. She was the Chief Education Officer of Taaleem Management ... View profile

    John Bastable
    John Bastable

    Job title - Director of Bastable School Solutions

    After graduating from Cambridge in 1975, John left the UK for a two-year teaching post overseas and returned 38 years later having gained extensive international experience, spending 35 years in leadership positions. ​John is now semi-retired ... View profile

    Judith Fabian
    Judith Fabian

    Job title - Former Chief Academic Officer of the International Baccalaureate

    Judith taught English and Drama in secondary schools in London for 10 years, followed by 15 years as department head and principal in international schools in Jordan, Tanzania and Germany. She joined the International Baccalaureate (IB) in ... View profile

    Jeremy Lewis
    Jeremy Lewis

    Job title - Head of School, ACS Egham International School, UK

    Jeremy Lewis has spent 35 years teaching and leading in international schools in Kuwait, Japan, Hungary, Vietnam, Turkey and most recently the UK. Jeremy has considerable experience teaching and administering the International Baccalaureate, ... View profile

    Kristina Madsen
    Kristina Madsen

    Job title - International Coordinator of Education, Foundation for Environmental Education

    Kristina Madsen is the International Coordinator of Education responsible for the Eco-Schools programme at Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Recognised by UNESCO and UN Environment as a world-leader ... View profile

    Anu Monga
    Anu Monga

    Job title - Founder and Chair of TAISI

    Anu Monga has a distinguished career within education in India and the international schools market. She has more than thirty years of senior leadership experience and has worked in different leadership capacities with leading schools in Delhi, ... View profile

    Ango Mwakisu
    Ango Mwakisu

    Job title - Senior Assistant Director of Admissions

    Ango Mwakisu has been working in international higher education for more than 10 years. Originally from the land of Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar, Tanzania, Ango is an alumnus of Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany where he earned both his ... View profile

    Mónica Pérez-Bedmar
    Mónica Pérez-Bedmar

    Job title - Professor, Department of Natural Sciences, Saint Louis University, Madrid, Spain

    Mónica Pérez-Bedmar is a double national Spanish-American. Upon completion of primary and secondary school in her hometown of Madrid, she received a scholarship to study in Florida Tech University, where she completed a BS in Oceanography and ... View profile

    Paul Regan
    Paul Regan

    Job title - Former Principal of Oaktree International School, Kolkata, India

    Paul has worked in the field of education as teacher, head teacher and principal for over thirty years, fifteen of them in international education. He has run schools in Kenya, the Ukraine, Bosnia and India and, as founding head, he has started ... View profile

    Trevor Rowell
    Trevor Rowell

    Job title - Chairman of COBIS

    Trevor has extensive international experience with 20 years overseas. Educated at Oxford and Cambridge, after headships in England he was then Head of an international school and CEO of a leading schools group. He has been Chairman of COBIS, ... View profile

    Kevin Ruth
    Kevin Ruth

    Job title - President, Moreland University

    Kevin is the President of Moreland University, the TEACH-NOW Graduate School of Education, and the former Executive Director of ECIS. In addition to two decades in education as a teacher, advisor, department head, and deputy head, he has given ... View profile

    Dr Helen Wright
    Dr Helen Wright

    Job title - International Education Advisor

    Helen has an energetic career spanning 25 years to date in the UK and international education sector, including 13 years leading schools as Head, as well as a number of national and international roles, including as Vice-Chair of the ... View profile



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    A strategic approach to wellbeing within an international school community
    A strategic approach to wellbeing within an international school community

    Marlborough College Malaysia won the strategic leadership award at the 2022 International School Awards for a whole-school positive psychology and wellbeing initiative for students and staff, involving a wellbeing researcher-in-residence and peer group mental health first-aiders for staff. Read more

    Creativity on a roll – Bringing innovation and creativity into the international school curriculum
    Creativity on a roll – Bringing innovation and creativity into the international school curriculum

    The Design, Innovation, Computing, Enterprise (DICE) curriculum at Nord Anglia International School Dubai (NAS Dubai) recently won the International School Awards (ISAs) Innovation and Creativity in Learning category for its novel and creative approach. The award is testament to the work and dedication of the staff, students and school community. Read more

    Award-winning digital tech-centred project-based problem-solving
    Award-winning digital tech-centred project-based problem-solving

    Colegio Panamericano in Colombia won the Digital Technology in Learning International Schools Award 2022 for an interdisciplinary project-based approach to problem-solving that integrates digital technology. Read more


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