British International School Awards


British education strengthens globally. Awards recognise leading initiatives

The British International School Awards took place on 22nd January 2018 in London. Headteachers and senior leaders from many international schools located around the world attended the gala event which took place at London’s Grand Connaught Rooms.

The awards, hosted by British International Schools Magazine and ISC Research, highlighted some exceptional initiatives spearheaded by British international schools and educators that are helping to strengthen Britain’s education brand globally. Nominations included schools from 38 different countries.

British International School of the Year 2018 was awarded to the British School in New Delhi, India. Expanding from 250 to 1,200 students, the school is accredited and recognised by 15 reputable education organisations, achieving exceptional results at IGCSE and IB Diploma, and is considered to be one of the best British schools in the world as well as one of the best schools in India. Its digital citizenship outreach project, which supports student safeguarding, and involves both students and parents, has been independently accredited by the Common Sense Education Accreditation Team which described the school’s dedication to teaching young people how to be safe, responsible digital citizens as inspirational. School Director, Ms. Vanita Uppal OBE received her award from Ms. Emma Goodwin, CEO of WCBS.

In the category awards, the British International School in Chicago, US was recognised for Creativity in Learning. The school has set up a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) corridor which includes science labs, art studio, robotics workshop, design technology lab and a maker space to encourage students to move from room to room gathering inspiration, materials, skills and advice to bring their ideas to life; an approach that is developing academic, social and personal success amongst its students.

Harrow International School in Bangkok, Thailand received the Outstanding Community Initiative for training 300 teachers at refugee camps on the Thai/Myanmar border since 2010. 140,000 refugees live in camps along this border with extremely limited educational provision. For the past seven years, staff from Harrow Bangkok have worked with Mobile Education Partnerships, a UK charity, to offer Cambridge examinations, educational support and community initiatives to these camps.

Other winning schools included Jerudong International School, Brunei (Outstanding Strategic Initiative for its student-led Outdoor Discovery Centre), Nadeen School, Bahrain (Outstanding Pastoral Care Initiative for its approach to engaging disaffected students and accelerating learning), Dulwich College Seoul, South Korea (Outstanding Teaching Initiative for a project to embed long-term learning in maths), British School Jakarta, Indonesia (Outstanding Digital Technology Initiative for school-wide digital citizenship), Silver Oaks Schools and College, Pakistan (International Impact Award for its global collaboration with schools to show we have more in common than separate us), Dover Court International School, Singapore (Outstanding Senior Leadership Team of the Year) and Mr. Ed Goodwin OBE, the Principal of St Christopher’s School in Bahrain received an award for Outstanding Individual Contribution to International Education.

British schools, teaching and learning approaches, curricula, qualifications and educational resources are increasingly in demand by schools and parents around the world. ISC Research data indicates that British oriented schools overseas now number 4,187.

The British International School Awards 2018 were hosted by British International Schools Magazine with the support of ISC Research, and sponsored by leading school information management supplier, WCBS.

“We were very excited by the range of so many innovative projects that, in most cases, were very different to each other. It is clear that the pupils across these schools are being served by the very best in education today,” said Andrew Maiden, Chair of the 2018 awards.


British International School Award Winners 2018

British International School of the Year 2018

The British School, New Delhi, India (award received by Director, Vanita Uppal OBE)


Outstanding Individual Contribution to International Education

Ed Goodwin OBE, Principal, St Christopher’s School, Bahrain


Outstanding Strategic Initiative

Jerudong International School, Brunei (award received by Director of Sports, Chris McGeorge)


Outstanding Community Initiative

Harrow International School Bangkok, Thailand (award received by Headmaster, Michael Farley)


Outstanding Pastoral Care Initiative

Nadeen School, Bahrain (award received by Headteacher, Elaine Brennan)


Outstanding Initiative to support Student Safeguarding

The British School, New Delhi, India (award received by Director, Vanita Uppal OBE)


Outstanding Initiative leading to Creativity in Learning

British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park, United States (award received by Principal, Edward Pearce)


Outstanding Teaching Initiative

Dulwich College Seoul, South Korea (award received by Maths teachers, Neil Gorton and Chris Bonnet)


Outstanding Digital Technology Initiative

British School Jakarta, Indonesia (award received by Interim Principal, Shane Nathan)


International Impact award

Silver Oaks Schools & College, Pakistan (award received by CEO, Hassan Sattar)


Outstanding Senior Leadership Team of the Year

Dover Court International School Singapore, Singapore (award received by Principal, Christopher Short)

Photography thanks to Charles Henderson Photography