Choosing a Prep School? Discover the Best Independent Schools of the Year

    Want to know the top prep schools for your child? The Independent Schools of the Year Winners’ Edition is a complete guide to all the best schools of 2021.


    Schools were just beginning to return after the second lockdown when nominations opened for Independent School Parent’s fourth Independent Schools of the Year awards campaign last year.

    Over the previous 12 months they had been closed twice and school life as we knew it had been turned upside down. And yet independent schools rose to the challenge: providing a full curriculum, including a plethora of extracurricular activities and school trips online.

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    This special awards supplement is dedicated to the winners of the 23 categories, the overall Independent School of the Year and the highly commended finalists of each category who you will find on page 52.

    Credit: Polam Nursery & Pre Prep

    You’ll find details of the pre-prep winner Polam, a small pre-prep and nursery that offers an immersive learning programme and timetabled wellbeing practices, and was commended specifically for its outstanding commitment to pupil wellbeing and innovative immersive learning programme, providing a home-from-home learning environment with a distinct focus on pastoral care and mental health.

    This year there were three new categories added to the canon: on page 21 you can find out why Francis Holland triumphed in the Innovation Award for an Outstanding New Initiative category; on page 16 why Alan Atkins of Handcross Park won the Unsung Hero of the Year award; and on page 27 read about Portsmouth Grammar, who clinched the top spot in the Development Award for Fundraising Achievement category.