BSA Awards 2020

In 2018, the BSA held its first Awards Dinner which celebrated the achievements, hard work, and dedication of schools and individuals to boarding. We are pleased to announce that the awards will take place again in 2020 and winners will be announced at the BSA Conference for Heads Conference in September. 

The Awards

Boarding House Extension or Refurbishment Award: This award acknowledges the work that schools have put in to providing pupils with an exceptional place to live, study and play. Focus is given to design, sustainability, and innovation of boarding houses and boarding facilities.

  • The judges will be looking for design, sustainability and innovation.

Boarding Research Award: This award recognises research undertaken by a school or individual into how to continue to improve the boarding sector and better meet students’ needs.

  • The judges will be looking for a specific research project that has driven innovation, inspired change, and delivered results.

Boarding Innovation Award: Celebrates an outstanding example of innovation to deliver better boarding.

  • The judges will be looking for a clear description of an outstanding innovation that you have implemented in your school.

Wellbeing Mental Health Initiative: The Wellbeing Mental Health Initiative Award celebrates schools that have embedded initiatives that provide supportive environments and programmes that enhance self-esteem, strengthen the school community, and activities that promote healthy choices.

  • The judges will be looking for a new initiative implemented in schools which could include: creating supportive environments, strengthening the community within schools, programmes of work that enhance self-esteem and reduce harming behaviours, activities that promote healthy choices for physical activity and diet.

Working with Vulnerable Children: This award recognises that protecting and working with vulnerable children who board requires an in-depth understanding and an ability to approach each child’s situation in a unique way to best assist them.

  • The judges will be looking to recognise schools that have made a significant contribution to the welfare and support of vulnerable children

Stephen Winkley Award: This award commends the achievements of an individual who has made a significant contribution to the cause of boarding. This is the longest running BSA Award and is dedicated to the memory of Stephen Winkley who was BSA Chair (2003), and Headmaster of Uppingham (1991-2006) and Rossall Schools (2008-2013).

  • All nominees must hold or have held positions with specific boarding responsibilities, which could include a Head, Deputy Head (pastoral), Housemaster, Housemistress, Houseparent, Matron etc.
  • Nominees can be drawn from any level in an organisation, including Heads.

New Awards for 2020: 

Supporting Junior Boarders: This award commends a school or member of staff who has worked above and beyond to develop initiatives aimed at supporting junior boarders.

  • The judges will be looking at those initiatives that have been introduced specifically to help junior boarders adjust to their new environment.  

Supporting International Boarders: This award will commend a school or member of staff who has contributed to supporting international boarders, including helping them integrate into their new environment.

  • The judges will be looking at initiatives that have been specifically designed to support international boarders. 

Most Original Activity During National Boarding Week: This award will look back at those schools that participated during the BSA 2019 National Boarding Week.

  • The judges will be looking at how schools participated during the week and will consider those who participated in BSA events from the week, or those that organised their own unique events. 

Best Community Work via our 'On Board' Initiative: In 2019, BSA launched its 'On Board' Community Action Programme to highlight the work undertaken in the community by boarding schools. This award will look at those schools who have participated in community projects.

  • The judges will be looking at community-based initiatives undertaken by schools which could include: volunteering, litter picking, fund-raising, visiting the elderly, supporting the disabled, environmental planning.

To Enter

Please write in no more than 500 words for why you should win the award. Please make sure you include your name, school, and what award you are entering. You may also send in up to 5 pieces of supporting evidence. 

Entries to be sent to by the 29th May 2020.


2019 Winners

  • Vulnerable Children, sponsored by aba Design
    • Royal Alexandra and Albert School
  • Boarding House Extension, sponsored by Darwin Group
    • Brighton College
  • Boarding Research, sponsored by iSAMS
    • Delyth Lynch, Wellington College 
  • Stephen Winkley Award, sponsored by RSAcademics
    • Alison Bridge, Ludgrove
  • Wellbeing Award, sponsored by Tracy Shand
    • Bredon School and Lord Wandsworth College
  • Innovation Award, sponsored by School Trunk
    • Brighton College