Sports Award

Awarded to the educational establishment in the UK that can demonstrate an outstanding commitment to developing the sporting skills of its students through the provision of first class facilities and coaching programmes.

2018 Winner: Radley College, Abingdon

 Radley College

A new Strength and Conditioning Centre forms the latest addition to Radley College’s state of the art sports facilities and sits alongside the athletics track and Rowing Centre, as required to support the college’s curriculum. The new stand-alone building is split into two distinct wings, an athletics warm-up space and indoor rowing training room. Replacing two temporary sheds, the new training room provides space for 24 rowing machines for effective indoor training.


Windsor High School and Sixth Form, West Midlands
Epsom College, Surrey
King Alfred’s Academy, Oxon
James Allen's Preparatory School

2017 Winner
Plymouth College

 Plymouth College

Success over the last five years now sees Plymouth College attract over eighty world-class athletes from thirty six countries. Success has continued after the Rio Olympics with twelve medals at the English Schools’ Relay Championships. Investment in staff has seen the school develop its own strength and conditioning and sports science teams.


Hall Cliffe Primary School
Plymouth College
The Nicholas Hamond Academy
Beech House School
Kingsway Primary School
St James CE Primary

2016 Winner
Ellesmere College, Shropshire

The PE department at Ellesmere has seen unprecedented growth in raising participation through six sporting academies. An inclusive PE curriculum provides wider opportunity for all students, not just the best performers. The growing reputation for sport has helped Ellesmere gain World Academy of Sport status (one of only nine schools in the world) for its commitment to young athletes.

Beech House School, Manchester
Wolverhampton Grammar School
The Kingsway Academy, Wirral
Matravers, Wiltshire

2015 Winner
Shrewsbury High School, Shropshire

This year has been one of success for Shrewsbury High School, after winning the prestigious Independent School Awards 2014. The awards recognise outstanding excellence and it was the school’s quality of sport that drew particular praise. For the last six months the sporting work across the school has been scrutinised by the judging panel. The judges commented that it was ‘good to see sport given such a place in the school’s life’.

Blackburn The Redeemer Church of England Primary School, Blackburn
Hamilton’s Holy Cross High School, Hamilton
Sedgefield School Sports Partnership