The International School Awards
2020 wINNERs

  2020 Sponsors

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and the winners were...

Atlanta International School, USA
Raha International School, UAE
British Embassy School Ankara
The British Int. School Abu Dhabi
New Cairo British Int. School, Egypt
Qatar Academy for Science and Tech
Dubai College, UAE
Int. Community School Amman, Jordan
St Andrew's International School
ACS International Schools Surrey, UK
Branksome Hall Asia
Nanjing International School, China
St. Andrews Int. School Bangkok
2020 Award Winners

Initiative to Support Students’ Pathways to Continued/University Education

International Impact

Initiative to Support Ethical Values Education

Community Initiative

Pastoral Initiative

Teaching and Learning Initiative

Initiative to Support School Wellbeing and Safeguarding

Initiative to Support Inclusion

Environmental Initiative 

Digital Technology in Learning Initiative

Initiative to Support Students as

Future-Thinking Innovators

Strategic Leadership Initiative

International School of the Year 2020


International Impact

Photos By Charles Henderson Photography

Overall 2020 Winner

The International School of the Year 2020 was awarded to St Andrews International School Bangkok (Primary School), Thailand for its exceptionally powerful environmental initiative. The school's 'Eco beasts' initiative is bringing about collective and sustainable change through action plans led by students that address a range of environmental challenges. Based on the success of the early initiative, the school now employs two environmental sustainability coordinators who, along with a dedicated website which provides downloadable resources, and a community action day, have supported the growth of this initiative beyond the school to now include 17 local schools and 14 local sustainability organisations.

Head of Key Stage Two at St Andrew's International School, Geoff Magee received the International School of the Year 2020 trophy from the Right Honourable Lord Jim Knight of Weymouth and Chief Education and External Office at TES Global.

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Other Category Winners

As well as the overall winner, there were 12 individual category winners:

ACS International Schools Surrey, UK won the digital technology in learning award for a tech equipment sharing project with local schools, which includes student to teacher learning

British Embassy School Ankara, Turkey won the ethical values education award for an initiative that links ethical conduct with critical thinking and global citizenship

The British International School Abu Dhabi, UAE received the community award for a collaboration between students and Abu Dhabi University to redesign a local superblock with sustainable and community benefits

International Community School Amman, Jordan won the inclusion award for the development of a specialist-led inclusion team that provides modelling and mentoring to staff, and shares best practice in local centres

Qatar Academy for Science and Technology won the teaching and learning award for a project-based learning framework supported by external partnerships in order to create and present solutions to real-life local and global issues

Atlanta International School, USA received the international award for establishing the student-led #MyFreedomDay campaign which has been embraced by other schools and students to create a global movement that is challenging and raising awareness of human trafficking

New Cairo British International School, Egypt was presented with the pastoral award for a daily emoji check-in system for all children which includes an App that is accessible for other schools

Branksome Hall Asia in South Korea won the award to support students as future-thinking innovators. Its initiative involves remote collaboration between students in South Korea and its sister school in Canada to solve problems related to the environment and its social and economic impact

Nanjing International School, China won the strategic leadership award for an initiative to transform learning and develop talent by focusing on strategy and embedding it around inclusion, creative thinking, and personal excellence

Raha International School, UAE was presented with the award for the best initiative to support students' pathways to higher education for a night school programme accessible for all secondary students and their parents, which provides information and resources on universities and their application procedures from over 40 countries

Dubai College, UAE won the school wellbeing and safeguarding award for a research-led initiative which drew on best practice and expert advice to create a programme of positive psychology interventions for its students

St Andrews International School Bangkok (Primary School) won the category award for the best environmental initiative, which was also selected as the overall International School of the Year 2020

In addition to this year's headline sponsorship by TES, category awards were sponsored by BETT, New York Times inEducation, Enhanced Learning Services, InterHigh, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, British Council Schools, Furlong, Pearson, SpaceZero, Follett, Monash University and Impero Software.

According to ISC Research data, there are now more than 11,000 English-medium international schools around the world teaching over 6 million children. "There are some quite exceptional international schools implementing truly outstanding initiatives," said CEO of ISC Research, Leigh Webb.


"ISC Research is very proud to host the International School Awards which help to recognise, and raise awareness of some of these very best initiatives. All initiatives have to demonstrate to judges evidence of strategies that enable the initiative to be shared with other schools. Many congratulations to St Andrews International School Bangkok for its superb success this year, and to all the award winners."

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