STAFF and pupils have been celebrating after being named a finalist for the Independent Schools of the Year 2019.

Myddelton College Prep School will go up against Edinburgh’s ESMS Junior School, Handcross Park School in Haywards Heath, Highfield Prep School, Harrogate Ladies’ College, Notting Hill Preparatory School and University College School Junior Branch in North London.

The Denbigh prep school, for children from seven to 11, were praised by judges for the ‘outstanding student experience’ they provide to pupils across all years.

Katie Gresley-Jones, head of Prep School at Myddelton College said: “We are thrilled to have been named as finalists. 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.

"The ISP were impressed with our commitment to not only equip our pupils with the skills needed to work in the 21st century, but also with the skills needed to cope with the demands and pressures of life in the 21st century.

"We look forward now to sharing this success with the whole school community, including our parents, students, and our teaching teams."

The competition is run by Independent School Parent magazine and open to independent schools from across the country.

In order to be considered, evidence of success stories that feature both individuals and innovative practice must be demonstrated.

David Moncrieff, chair of the Editorial Advisory Board at Independent School Parent magazine, 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 now have a tough job on their hands picking the winners from the shortlisted entries that were of such a consistently high standard.”

The winner will be revealed during an awards evening in London on Monday, October 7.

Finalists will be featured in a widely distributed special winner’s supplement magazine and will be given a rosette to display alongside their brand.

Winners will also be presented with a trophy.