From pioneering school principals to outstanding cricket coaches, the winner of the annual Tatler School Awards was announced.
The winners were selected in seven categories from a shortlist of nominees selected by a mix of public and academic voices and announced on Instagram.
Taking home the Best Public School Award is Reigate Grammar School in Surrey, which costs £ 19,350 a year and has Sir Keir Starmer among its alumni. Best Prep School went to Cottesmore School in West Sussex, where fees are £ 29,200 a year.
Ingenious headmasters were recognized as well as the best school meals.
Benenden, Princess Anne's alma mater, hit a shortlist with Cheltenham Ladies & # 39; College and Millfield and won with its delicious menu made from fresh ingredients.
Here's a closer look at the schools and staff who took the prizes home.
BEST PUBLIC SCHOOL
Reigate High School, Surrey
Term Fees: £ 6,450
Best public school: Just a stone's throw from Reigate city center, the Reigate Grammar pictured prides itself on its pastoral care and has a special feel-good center for students
"The parents are happy about this co-educational ex-grammar school (it became independent in 1976), which is known for producing down-to-earth yet high-performing all-rounders," stated Tatler in his Schools Guide 2021.
The breadth of his students' talent is certainly reflected in Reigate's famous alumni, including Sir Keir Starmer, comedian Romesh Ranganathan, and Norman Smith, better known as Fat Boy Slim.
Just a stone's throw from Reigate town center, the school prides itself on its pastoral care and has a special wellbeing center for students. It also has a music school, indoor pool, and gym.
In addition to the main school locations, the school benefits from a sports field in Hartswood, the offers around 32 hectares of playing fields, outdoor cricket nets and an all-weather field with floodlights.
Commenting on the victory, the school said: “We are pleased to announce that RGS has been named School of the Year at the prestigious Tatler Schools Awards 2020.
& # 39; The review is in this month's Tatler magazine. It's a lovely review that validates the hard work, dedication and talent of our staff and students, as well as the support from our parents. & # 39;
PREPARATORY SCHOOL OF THE YEAR
Cottesmore School, West Sussex
Term Fees: £ 9,741
Best Prep School: The Cottesmore parents will be delighted to learn of the success of their children's school as they pay nearly £ 10,000 in tuition fees each semester
Cottesmore parents will be delighted to hear of the success of their children's school as they pay nearly £ 10,000 in tuition fees each semester.
Cottesmore is located in picturesque Buchan Hill, Pease Pottage, and has only 155 boarding students. Another 43 day students are in preparation.
But it is really animals that rule the area in the impressive country school, notes Tatler. "Dogs are in almost every classroom and a corn snake, a bearded dragon, atlas moths and the obligatory guinea pigs are the focus of the Animal Care Club."
One parent described the school as "magical" and noted that there is a "remarkable alchemy of tradition, support, freedom, energy and challenge".
In recent months, the school has worked hard to adapt to the “new normal” at the age of Covid-19 and invited all preschoolers, accompanied by a parent, to their “Talk It Out” webinar before school started.
It also divided the student body into “households” and encourages students to try paddling, rowing and fishing on the lake when there are no sporting events and games against other schools.
BEST FOOD AWARD
Benenden School, Kent
Term Fees: Day: £ 9,850, Boarding: £ 13,124
Best Food: Girls in Benenden, Kent are encouraged to seize every opportunity – and are fed up with a delicious selection of locally sourced food
A team of chefs is available during the week to serve delicious food. The employees create innovative and nutritious menus. Pictured is a delicious meringue dessert
It's easy to see why Benenden was a good fit with his most respected alumni, Princess Anne.
The students get off the plane, hike to the base camp in Annapurna, play rugby, drive self-made cars and build microlight aircraft together with the partner school John Wallis Academy.
And school principal Samantha Price makes sure that they are well fed for every outing. The school serves freshly prepared regional food every school day.
A team of chefs is available during the week to serve delicious food. The staff create innovative and nutritious menus, from homemade favorites to the most sophisticated dishes.
Lunch options for hungry students include hot-smoked salmon, chives, and parmesan soufflé, while others prefer fried chard, ginger, soy, and garlic noodles.
In the meantime, students can also dine on Slow Braised Beef Ragu and Lamb & Oregano Meat Balls for dinner.
BEST HEAD IN A PUBLIC SCHOOL
Jane Lunnon, Wimbledon High School, London
Term Fees: £ 6,578
Best Headmistress: After five years at Wimbledon High School (pictured), Jane Lunnon is leaving to take charge of Alleyn & # 39; s School in Dulwich
During her time at Wimbledon, Ms. Lunnon worked to encourage young women who are round. The teacher ended her tenure at Wimbledon with the Tatler School Award
After five years at Wimbledon High School, Ms. Lunnon is leaving to take over the management of Alleyn & # 39; s School in Dulwich with her new Tatler School Award in hand.
During her time at Wimbledon, Ms. Lunnon worked to encourage young women who are round.
"A typical student knows who she is, is comfortable with her skin, knows where she fits, and will strive to make a difference," said the headmistress of the girls at Wimbledon High, adding, "She does too Fun."
The school with 680 students is sure to have something for everyone. An anime club, a robotics club and a feminist society for women from Wimbledon are offered.
The school is also distinguished by sports, music and theater.
Ms. Lunnon accepted the award and said, “I cannot tell you how delighted, honored, and utterly amazed I am to win the award. Tatler, thank you for that.
"To be among the luminaries nominated for it, let alone with those who have won it in the past, is really incredible."
BEST HEAD OF A PREPARATORY SCHOOL
Jeremy Banks, Caldicott School, Buckinghamshire
Duration Fees: Day: £ 6,573, Boarding: £ 9,690
Best Prep School Leader: Located on 40 acres of beautiful grounds and pitches, Caldicott is known for his athletic skills with particular strengths in cricket and rugby
Headmaster Jeremy Banks oversees 251 boys in the charming red-brick Caldicott in Farnham Royal, Buckinghamshire, which prides itself on its traditional values
Headmaster Jeremy Banks oversees 251 boys in the charming red-brick Caldicott in Farnham Royal, Buckinghamshire, which prides itself on its traditional values.
"The boys call their teachers 'ma & # 39; am", uniforms are checked in the lunch queue (those with worn shoes are dropped off for polishing) and the boys' manners are impeccable, "writes Tatler.
Set on 40 acres of beautiful grounds and pitches, Caldicott is known for its athletic skills, with cricket and rugby being particular strengths.
Outside of sport, Caldicott has a 100 percent pass rate on the Common Entrance exam and sends students to public schools in the UK including Eton, Harrow, Radley and Wellington.
Mr. Banks accepted the award and said, “I want to thank my family, of course, but also the Caldicott community because it was a team effort in 2020. I want to pay tribute to other principals out there. All of them are in unprecedented waters and I wish them the best of luck. & # 39;
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Patrick Derham OBE, Westminster School, London
Term Fees: Day: £ 10,497, Boarding: £ 13,896
Lifetime Achievement Award: Westminster is one of the most expensive and elite schools in the country. Alumni include Andrew Lloyd Webber, Dominic Lawson, and Nick Clegg
Westminster is one of the most expensive and elite schools in the country. Alumni include Andrew Lloyd Webber, Dominic Lawson, and Nick Clegg.
But outgoing boss Patrick Derham was a leading light in expanding the access.
While at Westminster, he was behind fundraisers for the Westminster School Campaign, which aims to blind the school's needs.
Pioneer: Outgoing Head Patrick Derham was a leading light in expanding the access
He also helped run Harris Westminster's free sister school, and says he's as proud of the 44 Oxbridge offers his students have received as he is of the 80 offers made to Wesminster.
In his previous position as principal of rugby school in 2003, he helped set up a program called the Arnold Foundation that provided free boarding schools to teenagers from disadvantaged communities.
He also made connections with a London club for black youth, the Eastside Young Leaders & # 39; Academy.
His personal story shows the dramatic effect private education can have on a poor but bright student.
Mr Derham was born on an estate in Glasgow to an alcoholic father who has since passed away. He attended eight schools before he was 12 until a scholarship to Pangbourne, the Naval School in Berkshire, changed his life.
He won a place at Cambridge where he studied history and began a teaching career.
Mr Derham said he tried to repay the trust placed in him by giving equal opportunities to children who were in his position at a young age.
UNSUNG HERO AWARD
Gary Steer, Bedford School, Bedfordshire
Term Fees: Day: £ 6,614, Boarding: £ 11,186
Unsung Hero Award: The award winner is Gary Steer, cricket director at Bedford School (pictured), who Tatler described as "extremely popular".
Tatler's Unsung Hero Award recognizes the “enormous contribution” made by the employees behind the scenes. Nominations included school nurses, groundsmen, and governors.
Mr Steer is the cricket manager at Bedford
The winner of the award, however, is Gary Steer, cricket director at Bedford School, who Tatler described as "extremely popular".
Former county cricketer Steer spent 13 years in the Warwickshire Cricket Youth Department before going to school.
He accepted the award and said: “I would like to thank the Tatler Awards for this fantastic award. It's a real honor to receive this and a big thank you to everyone who voted on Instagram.
“Thank you Bedford School, especially the cricket staff. You have been a massive help in setting up the program we run for the boys and also for the external trainers who support the work we do here.
"Bedford School's cricket program is an absolute pleasure. The boys love their school, especially their cricket."
Tatler School Awards 2020: winners and nominees
BEST PUBLIC SCHOOL
WINNER: Reigate High School
PREPARATORY SCHOOL OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Cottesmore School
Thomas & # 39; Battersea
BEST FOOD AWARD
Cheltenham Ladies & # 39; College
WINNER: Benenden School
HEAD OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL
Mark Turnbull, Giggleswick School
Douglas Robb, Gresham
Emma McKendrick, Downe House
Antony Wallersteiner, Stowe School
WINNER: Jane Lunnon, Wimbledon High / Alleyns School
HEAD OF A PREPARATORY SCHOOL
Sophie Green, Godstowe
Sarah Knollys, Notting Hill Preparatory School
Martin Barker, Westbourne House School
WINNER: Jeremy Banks, Caldicott
Henry Knight, Belhaven Hill
UNSUNG HERO AWARD
WINNER: Gary Steer, Bedford School
Sister Gill Nurse, Godolphin School
Amelia Brooks, Brambletye
Sarah Wood Matron, Oundle School
Terry Stickney, Saint Ronans
Julie Robinson ISC, Chair
Professor Bailey, St. Paul's School
WINNER: Patrick Derham OBE, Westminster School
Phil Ward, Thomas & # 39; Clapham
Richard Foster, Windlesham House School
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