Leading edge

International School Awards, 2020

There were over 250 nominations for the International School Awards 2020: Anne Keeling previews the gala presentation evening in London for ITM.

Awards night

Some of the most interesting initiatives happening in international schools today will be recognised at the International School Awards<https://www.islmagazine.com/awards> ceremony in London on January 20th at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in London. The awards are hosted by ISC Research<http://www.iscresearch.com> with the support of International School Leader Magazine<https://www.islmagazine.com/magazine> which will feature the award-winning initiatives throughout its issues in 2020.

The finalists highlight some of the best practices in international school learning, teaching and leadership.


New awards for this year recognise school initiatives to support the development of future thinking innovators, the environment, and ethical values education. One of the criteria that schools were judged on this year was whether the initiative could be shared with other schools, locally or globally.

Initiatives celebrated

All the shortlisted schools and their initiatives will be celebrated at the ceremony when winners of the 12 awards will be announced. In addition, an overall International School of the Year award will be selected from the schools winning the individual categories.
The International School Awards, which this year are sponsored by TES (Times Educational Supplement) , help to raise awareness of some of the exceptional initiatives being implemented in international schools today.

Shortlisted schools for the International School Awards 2020

Community initiative
*   Sri KDU International School (SKIS), Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
*   The Winchester School (Jebel Ali), Dubai, UAE
*   The British International School Abu Dhabi, UAE

Pastoral initiative
*   Western Academy of Beijing, China
*   New Cairo British International School, Egypt
*   American School of Guatemala

Initiative to support school wellbeing and safeguarding
*   Marlborough College Malaysia
*   Dubai College, UAE
*   International Community School Amman, Jordan

Initiative to support students as future-thinking innovators
*   Tanglin Trust School, Singapore
*   Sigtunaskolan Humanistiska Läroverket (SSHL), Sweden
*   Branksome Hall Asia, South Korea

Teaching and learning initiative
*   Lycée International de Londres Winston Churchill, London, UK
*   Horizon English School, Dubai, UAE
*   Qatar Academy for Science and Technology, Qatar
*   GEMS Wellington International School, Dubai, UAE

Digital technology in learning initiative
*   Alice Smith School, Malaysia
*   Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong, China
*   ACS International Schools, Surrey, UK

International impact
*   Atlanta International School, USA
*   The British School, New Delhi, India

Initiative to support inclusion
*   GEMS Jumeirah Primary School, Dubai, UAE
*   International Community School Amman, Jordan
*   International School Manila, Philippines

Initiative to support students’ pathways to continued/university education
*   Raha International School, Abu Dhabi, UAE
*   English International College, Spain

Environmental initiative
*   JBCN International School, Borivali, India
*   American School of Dubai, UAE
*   Vienna International School, Austria
*   St Andrews International School Bangkok (Primary School), Thailand

Initiative to support ethical values education
*   The British School of Brussels, Belgium
*   AFNORTH International School, The Netherlands
*   British Embassy School Ankara, Turkey

Strategic leadership initiative
*   Nanjing International School, China
*   The International School Yangon, Myanmar


Many congratulations to all the finalists.

These are just a small number of  over 10,000 international schools around the world teaching over 5 million children. The International School Awards aim to recognise and raise awareness of some of the very best initiatives being implemented by international schools today.


For more information contact:

Anne Keeling, Communications Director, ISC Research.






The individual category sponsors for the 2020 awards are Pearson, Follett, Monash University, BETT, Impero Software, Enhanced Children’s Services, Furlong Solutions, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, British Council Schools, InterHigh, Space Zero and The New York Times in Education.