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2022 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. 

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


2022 Award categories

Community building

This award will recognise a school initiative that involves students working with external groups to help build stronger community connections.

Community wellbeing

This award will recognise a school initiative that supports school community wellbeing including the pastoral care of students.

Digital technology in learning

This award will recognise a digital technology initiative that has had impact on student learning and which includes evidence of developing digital responsibility as part of the initiative.

Diversity, equity, inclusion and justice

This award will recognise an initiative that has had genuine impact on the entire school community. 


This award will recognise a school initiative that involves students working with external groups to help build stronger community connections.

Ethical values education

This award will recognise an initiative that supports students in their development of ethical values which will encourage them to think and act as global citizens. 

Innovation and creativity in learning

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

International impact

This award will recognise a school initiative that demonstrates how international education and the school ethos have had a positive impact within the locality and/or on a global scale. 

Pathways to continued and university education

This award will recognise how an initiative supports students in preparing them with the skills and selection process for best fit future study that includes continued education and lifelong learning.


This award will recognise a school initiative that supports safeguarding within the school community, which may include security and radicalisation.

Strategic leadership

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

Teaching and learning

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

International school of the year

This award is selected by the judges from one of the winners of the 12 individual categories.


Apply for the 2022 awards

The awards are open to all international schools. Select the appropriate award category that best represents your initiative and fill out the relevant application form for the award category you have chosen to apply for.

Applications are now closed! 



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

Mary van der Heijden
Mary van der Heijden

Job title - Founder and Company Director of Pro Learning International Ltd

Mary is Founder and Company Director of Pro Learning International Ltd. She has been an experienced teacher and senior leader in schools in the UK, the Netherlands, Spain, Zambia, Sarawak, Brunei and Indonesia. Mary has experience with a range ... View profile

Pippa Leggate
Pippa Leggate

Job title - International Advisor for the Council of International Schools

Recently retired, Pippa's career over 45 years has included extensive educational experience gained both internationally and in the UK. A history graduate, her career began in the UK as a secondary history teacher before serving overseas as a ... 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, and 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

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, the 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 Independent View profile



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