National Schools Awards 2021

Taking place on Friday 2nd July 2021 at the House of Lords, the National School Awards 2021 will bring together over 250 education pioneers to recognise, celebrate and reward senior leaders, schools and multi-academy trusts for their dedication and hard work.

How to Nominate

To nominate a colleague or institution for an award, you simply need to complete the nomination form for that category. Each form is specifically tailored to each category and is free to enter.

All nominations will be entered in to the judging process, where they will then be shortlisted to three successful finalists for each category, who will be invited, along with colleagues to attend the ceremony on Friday 2nd July 2021 at the House of Lords in London.

Nominations are open to all School types, from Independent Schools and Sixth Forms through to Academies and Maintained Schools. When making your nomination, please keep in mind the weighting and judging criteria which looks for pupil and staff outcomes, school improvement, leadership, innovation and budget efficiency.


The National School Awards recognise the skill, commitment, and hard work it takes to deliver the best possible education, this is especially important in a time of such uncertainty. I welcome this opportunity to celebrate the contribution of school leaders and look forward to hearing of your incredible achievements in transforming the opportunities of children and young people.

Baroness Berridge, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System

We were absolutely delighted to have won the Leadership Team of the Year category at the National Schools Awards in November. It was such an honour to be have just been shortlisted! Jospeh Cash is a challenging school with the most phenomenal pupils and so this award is credit to them as they inspire us as a team to make sure that we are providing the best possible Primary school opportunities for them. Winning gave the recognition to the JC team that they deserve - they are fantastic. The Awards Show was such a lovely evening and an opportunity to meet other professionals, it was a memorable end to 2019 and a true highlight for us all.

Helen Nelson, Headteacher, Joseph Cash Primary School

I will never forget the moment I opened an email announcing that I had been shortlisted for the inaugural National Schools Awards 2019; it was one of absolute shock and delight. It was such a special day to be able to attend the awards with my Headteacher, Chair of Governors, friends and husband. It is such an honour to be recognised in this specialised area and to be acknowledge by my peers at ISBL for my contribution to School Business Leadership at a National level; it is certainly a day I will always remember.

Angela Ogden, Director of Business Services, St Damian's Roman Catholic Science College

Event Details

  • Venue: House of Lords, Palace of Westminster, London
  • Date: Friday 2nd July 2021
  • Doors Open:  6:30pm
  • Awards Ceremony Starts: 7:15pm
  • Event Finishes: 9:30pm
  • Dress Code: Formal / Office Wear
  • Refreshments: Complimentary Drinks & Canapes


House of Lords, Palace of Westminster

The House of Lords is one of the most iconic and prestigious venues in the capital, where better to recognise success, hard work and best practise?

In the very heart of London, Big Ben, the London Eye, Westminster Abbey are all in eyesight, with even more of London's many great amenities only footsteps away.

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