FAQs

How do the Awards work?
On 4 Jan 2022 Awards entries open across 11 school categories. Any Independent school in the UK may put forward one school entry per category. Entries close at 5pm 11 February 2022.
On 15 March 2022 a shortlist of 10 schools per category will be announced and these schools will enter a second round of judging.
On 31 March 2022 5 Finalists per category will be announced.
The Winners of each category will be announced on 26 April 2022.

Who can enter the Awards?
All independent fee-paying schools in England and Wales are eligible to apply for the Awards.

Can I enter more than one Award category?
Yes. You can enter as many Awards categories as you like.

How will the Awards be judged?
Our judging panel is highly respected within education with vast experience across all the Awards categories. The judges will take on specific categories based on their experience and particular interest. In conjunction with Muddy Stilettos’ Editor-in-Chief Hero Brown, the judges will select the commended schools, finalists and winners. Their decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. In the case of any judges’ schools being in the Awards, these entries will be strictly judged by those with no relation to either the school or the judge.

When will the winners be announced?
Commended schools will be announced on 15 March 2022
Finalist schools will be announced on 31 March 2022
Winners will be announced on Tues 26 April 2022.
No correspondence will be entered into.

What sort of evidence do I need to provide to support an application and how should I submit it?
Entries are asked to complete the online Entry Form and upload it as a pdf onto the Entry Submission page of the website. Supporting evidence to be included in the form could be (but not limited to): photos, video content, evaluations, testimonials, newspaper cuttings and inspection reports, etc. Any additional supplementary information may be sent by post to: Muddy Stilettos Best Schools Awards, Manor Courtyard, Aston Sandford, Buckinghamshire HP17 8JB.

Will there be publicity about the winners?
Yes. Muddy Stilettos will promote the stories of the winning schools across our website and social platforms to its 1m users, to celebrate the successes of the independent school sector and their impact on the wider community. We will also send out a press release to media outlets notifying them of the winners. Schools will be asked to provide permission to use their Entry Form application information as well as publicity images when they submit their entries. If you do not want us to use your stories or imagery you must inform us at the time of submitting your applications.

How much does it cost to enter?
The first category submission of the Muddy Stilettos Best Schools Awards is free to enter for each school, and thereafter, each further submission is charged at £65 per category.
First category entry: Free
All further category entries: £65 each
There is only one free entry per whole school – schools with, for example, Pre-Prep, Prep and Senior departments are therefore entitled to a single free entry, not three.
Entries must be paid at time of submission before 5pm 11 February 2022

What do I win?
We want to support, promote and celebrate the best independent schools in the UK. The Muddy Stilettos Best Schools Awards 2022 winners will receive a Muddy Stilettos Awards website digital rosette in recognition of their success, and national publicity on the Muddy Stilettos website, newsletters and social channels.

Can I get more information on the awards and advice on how to apply?
Yes. If you have any queries please email us at bestschools@muddystilettos.co.uk