Top Oxfordshire school crowned winner at Independent Schools of the Year Awards
9th October 2019

Boys and staff at Cothill House are celebrating today after being recognised as 'Independent Boarding School of the Year 2019'.

All eyes were on the school as they were crowned winners of the hotly contested prize at the Awards ceremony at the Royal Thames Yacht Club in London on October 7th. The school was praised by judges for the outstanding boarding experience they provide to pupils across all year groups in an environment that ensures every boy thrives.

Cothill House was one of a number of schools to make it through to the final stage of the competition, which is run by Independent School Parent magazine and open to independent schools from across the country. 

Duncan Bailey, Headteacher of Cothill House, said:
“We are thrilled to have won this award. This accolade reflects the hard work and dedication of both our staff and the children, and our commitment to ensuring we provide our pupils with the very best educational experience there is to offer. We look forward to celebrating this success with the whole school community, including our parents, students, and our teaching teams.”

The awards ask to see evidence of success stories that feature both individuals and innovative practice, for a judging panel that is made up of heads, governors, parents and representatives of membership associations from across the sector and chaired by Dr Helen Wright, former President of the Girls School Association and Vice-Chair of the Independent Schools Council.

David Moncrieff is Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board at Independent School Parent magazine who run the awards. He said:
“Following the huge success of the inaugural competition last year, which saw more than 250 school nominations entered, we are thrilled to have surpassed that figure for Independent Schools of the Year 2019. The awards have again been designed with the student experience at their heart and to provide schools with a platform to showcase their stories of innovation and success. The judges had a tough job on their hands picking the winners from the shortlisted entries that were of such a consistently high standard.”

Neil Kirby is Marketing Director of Bupa Global, Sponsor of Independent Schools of the Year 2019. He said:
“We are delighted to be supporting the Independent Schools of the Year 2019 awards, and to see so many schools taking up the opportunity to showcase the exceptional experience they offer their pupils. The entries gave a powerful insight into the choice and flexibility being afforded to students in the independent sector, and we are pleased to be part of such a new and exciting celebration of the hard work and dedication of all those involved in private education in the UK.”

This year saw a record number of entries from a wide range of schools; from pre-preps through to large urban secondaries in a broad range of geographical areas. There were twenty different categories, a reflection of the depth and breadth of the independent school experience.