Private Education Awards 2022

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welcome to the 2022 Private Education Awards Education is a key aspect for all individuals across the globe to ensure that we continue to grow our knowledge and understanding of all curriculums, fostering development of both the individual and society. Therefore, we are proud to announce the return of our annual Private Education Awards 2022 proudly hosted by LUXlife magazine. A vital social and cultural right, education plays a significant role in reducing poverty and promoting tolerance, development and economic growth to communities around the globe, so it seems only proper to acknowledge all who make this vital sector operate adroitly and with proficiency. Whether you are involved in the administration of an institution, supply goods and services to an educational enterprise or are on the front lines of subject and course delivery, the Private Education Awards 2022 will provide a platform for you to demonstrate your expertise. Sif Brookes - Senior Editor Website: AI Global Media, Ltd. (AI) takes reasonable measures to ensure the quality of the information on this web site. However, AI will not assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, correctness or completeness of any information that is available through this web site. If errors are brought to our attention, we will try to correct them. The information available through the website and our partner publications is for your general information and use and is not intended to address any particular finance or investment requirements. In particular, the information does not constitute any form of advice or recommendation by us or any of our partner publications and is not intended to be relied upon by users in making or refraining from making any investment or financial decisions. Appropriate independent advice should be obtained before making any such decision. Any arrangement made between you and any third party named in the site is at your sole risk and responsibility.

4. Montessori International Schools Parque Conde Orgaz: Best Kindergarten Private School - Madrid 6. The Marist School: Most Outstanding Independent Girls School 2022 - Berkshire 8. Glenalmond College: Boarding & Day School of the Year - Scotland 10. Brighton College Abu Dhabi: British School of the Year - UAE 12. Tree Top Academy: Most Empowering Early Learning Academy - Florida 13. J. Addison School: Best Co-Educational International K-12 School - Ontario 14. Vita et Pax Preparatory School Cockfosters Ltd: The Most Inclusive Independent Preparatory Day School - London 15. Montessori Integrated School: K-12 & Special Needs School - Southeast Asia 16. Number 57 Schoolwear Ltd: Best School Uniform & Sport Equipment Shop - West Midlands 17. Do Re Mi for Kids Inc: Most Innovative Family Music School - GTA 18. Kitebrook Preparatory School: Most Welcoming Independent School - Gloucestershire 19. Brighton College Dubai: Best British School - Dubai 20. Playgarden Prep: Most Innovative Early Education Environment - NYC 21. The Blue Coat School: Best Independent Day School and Nursery - West Midlands

Page 4 LUX 2022 Private Education Awards May22009 Opening its doors in 1970, Montessori International Schools Parque Conde Orgaz was created by Josefina González, a close friend of the physician and educator, Maria Montessori. Accompanying Josefina was María Jesús Abaroa, who now works as the school’s Pedagogical Director. Indeed, the school was established in order to implement the Montessori teaching method into the Spanish education system – in essence, making high quality education in Madrid more accessible. The school utilises the popular Montessori teaching method to instil a passion for learning in its students – it believes that its role within the child’s life is to push the child to find a better version of themselves. Moreover, Montessori International Schools Parque Conde Orgaz wants to help children accomplish their dreams by building the fundamental building blocks that will eventually serve as the foundation for a successful life and career. From teaching multiple languages – including English and French – to allowing children to carve their own path, the school combines the latest discoveries in neuroscience and neurolinguistics with Montessori teaching to create a successful educational centre. But what is the esteemed Montessori method? Created by Maria Montessori, For five decades, Montessori International Schools Parque Conde Orgaz has been supporting the children of Madrid through their education. Utilising the Montessori method, the school allows for the child’s independence, confidence, and self-motivation to flourish, turning them into happy and educated young people. Montessori International Schools Parque Conde Orgaz Best Kindergarten Private School - Madrid an Italian physician and educator, in the early 20th century, the Montessori method encourages the natural development of skills by deviating from traditional teaching methods. Instead of focusing on formal lessons, the method utilises independence and a child’s natural hunger and capability for learning to initiate the acquisition of knowledge. Montessori believed that, in a supportive environment, children were their own best teachers. Henceforth, the method depends upon the child’s autonomy, sensory engagement, and self-correction, to work to its best ability. The effectiveness of the method is hotly debated due to a lack of data; however, some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs and leaders speak fondly of their Montessori backgrounds. For example, both Larry Page, CEO, and Sergey Brin, cofounder of Google, have praised the method. Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, also speaks fondly of his Montessori education. Furthermore, a 2006 study for Science, conducted by Angeline Lillard and Nicole Else-Quest, concluded that, ‘at least when strictly implemented, Montessori education fosters social and academic skills that are equal or superior to those fostered by a pool of other types of schools.’ An excellent example of this conclusion, the Page 5 LUX 2022 Private Education Awards Montessori International Schools Parque Conde Orgaz is known for its ability to work with each child and support them in their quest for knowledge. The school boasts exceptional academic ability, with its students obtaining an average grade of 9.46 in the recent EvAU English assessment and a high proficiency level in the British Council exams. Consequently, the school offers examinations and qualifications with British Council, The University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, the diplôme d’études en langue française, and more. However, the school does not define itself as ‘a school of geniuses,’ instead, it simply pushes its students to achieve their goals. In turn, it is imperative that Montessori International Schools Parque Conde Orgaz maintains a passionate and hard-working team. The school is made up of teachers that love their jobs – they are willing to devote their heart, soul, and time to the position in order to support their students. In addition, they are highly professional, talented, and possess a deep understanding of the Montessori method and how to utilise it to the child’s advantage. Its kindergarten centre, for example, covers Early Childhood Education. In this arena, the teachers allow the children to learn from experience, with the children self-correcting and building confidence along the way. The Montessori education industry is exploding. Over the past few years, the technique has moved further into the limelight, and has shaken off the stereotype of Montessori children being lazy or badly behaved. As more people explore the learning method, its benefits are coming to light. A key example is a 2021 paper published in Frontiers in Psychology, which showed that people who spent at least two years in the Montessori system had greater wellbeing than those who did not. Subsequently, in 2022, there are around 20,000 Montessori-based schools worldwide – and the number is growing. Therefore, the future of Montessori International Schools Parque Conde Orgaz is likely to be successful, as the world is trending towards the unique method. The school hopes to continue providing children with a premium education – one that has the potential to create future CEOs, leaders, and creators. In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, health is the school’s priority. Simply, without health, the school cannot continue to provide educational services with the same level of enthusiasm. This is important due to the fact that the school’s philosophy cites positivity, friendliness, and love as the core contributors to a quality education. Contact: Eduardo Garcia Company: Montessori International Schools Parque Conde Orgaz Web Address: https://www.

Page 6 LUX 2022 Private Education Awards May22638 Blanketing the Ascot, Berkshire landscape is 55-acres of woodland within which The Marist School – an all-girls Catholic school – resides. Accommodating students between the ages of 2 and 18, the institution guides children through their education in a personalised, accommodating, and positive manner. As such, the impressive site boasts an abundance of facilities, including the Senior and Sixth Form Phase, the (Co-Ed) Nursery and Preparatory Phase, a science block, drama studio, an indoor swimming pool, a music block, large playing fields, netball courts, an AstroTurf pitch, and a multi-purpose sports hall. The Marist is known for its sporting prowess, having regular success at County, Regional and National level, particularly in netball and athletics. Busting stereotypes, teams are fielded in football and cricket and rugby is offered as a co-curricular club. Everyone that attends clubs represents the school, with A-E teams in each year group The Marist believes in the future of education and everything that it encompasses; it knows that children need to be taught in a way that respects them and allows them to grow. It believes in the true development of character and sense of self. Everything that The Marist does is driven by compassion, care, and utmost regard for every student – providing them with everything they need to A premium education consists of two fundamental elements, one being an upto-date curriculum, and the other being a focus upon wellbeing. The Marist School’s innovative approach to learning, combines both of these aspects. In turn, The Marist School has cultivated an environment that allows its students to blossom into independent, confident, and well-educated young adults. The Marist School Most Outstanding Independent Girls School 2022 - Berkshire Page 7 LUX 2022 Private Education Awards feel nourished and supported. This concept is something that all schools should learn and, for the sake of the future, practice. The co-curricular program is vast, with a whopping 97 clubs running each week, in the mornings, at lunch times and after school. From cross-stitch to martial arts and orchestra to coding, their really is something for everyone. Off-site clubs include ice-skating, paddle-boarding and horse riding and sports fixtures are all played mid-week, apart from County tournaments. A bustling centre for education, enabling girls to thrive academically and find a place within a welcoming community. Whilst the campus has expanded greatly over the years, The Marist School’s approach to education and child development remains largely unchanged, as it continues to abide by the fundamental values established by the Marist Sisters. At The Marist School, spirituality and education walk hand in hand, and are used to bolster the acquisition of knowledge and personal development. The school truly recognises that every child is unique – they possess their own interests, skills, and personalities – and as a result, the school strives to rear these traits, turning them into empowering attributes. Every student that passes through its doors receives an education designed to produce innovative, ambitious, and self-aware leaders of the future. This approach is reflected in The Marist School’s vision, ‘Excellence as a habit not an action; Excellence in who we are; Excellence in what we do; Excellence in our service of others.’ Henceforth, alongside a well-rounded education, the students of The Marist School are provided with excellent pastoral care. Awarded the Wellbeing Award for Schools, it is abundantly clear just how dedicated to its students’ health, both physical and mental, The Marist is. Indeed, The Marist views an effective education as more than just a high examination result. A true Marist education encompasses the whole person, meaning that it focuses upon personal, social, physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. As such, The Marist provides multiple means of support for its students, such as a therapeutic team that includes two therapy dogs, Misty and Merlin! Unsurprisingly, The Marist produces high achievers. Its resolute team foster a love for learning within each pupil, subsequently, many of the students accomplish exceptional examination results. For example, the school’s A Level results for 2020-2021 saw 86% of the girls gain A*-A grades and 100% A*-B grades. Every student was placed within their first choice of university. Thereby, The Marist School placed in the top 1% nationally for A Level results – this was the third consecutive year that it acquired this ranking. The ISI Inspection Report further supports the school’s lofty standards of education. Rated ‘Excellent’ in all areas, the school was examined based on two key areas: the achievement of the cohort, including their academic development, and the personal development of the pupils. The findings of the report note the outstanding levels of academic success seen throughout the institution, commenting upon both the grades achieved at GCSE and A Level, and the work observed during lessons. Places at The Marist School are, therefore, sought after. There are multiple entry points into the school’s system, however, they do come at a cost. By sixth form, parents can expect to be paying £5,505 per term. Of course, for many, this price is high though considerably more affordable than some similar schools nearby’. Henceforth, The Marist offers a plethora of bursaries, scholarships, discounts for Armed Forces’ families and teaching personnel, sibling discounts, and financial support services. Though, for this tremendous standard of education, the financial cost is undoubtedly worth it. Company: The Marist School Principal: Jo Smith Web Address:

Page 8 LUX 2022 Private Education Awards Apr22540 With the backdrop of beautiful, rolling Scottish countryside, and an exemplary quality curriculum, Glenalmond College has made a name for itself with its continued innovation anddedication. From the very first day of its founding, the College has worked hard to make it clear that the passion of its staff lies in helping its pupils to foster such innovation, and to become the trailblazers of the future by encouraging them to think analytically and holistically. Thus, Glenalmond College’s core pride and joy have been developing individuals. Its pupils are taught to interpret, synthesise, and evaluate their world in order to engage with it on a truly informed level. This ingenuity is integral to the teaching style of Glenalmond College. Moreover, it allows its pupils to develop a true love for the environment by educating them in a place cradled by nature, the unique beauty of this boarding school’s expansive grounds and historic buildings speaking to the rich tapestry of traditions that have made it what it is today. Pupils benefit, therefore, from the development of clear values and an academic courage like no other, enabling A boarding school and pioneer of education, Glenalmond College’s work in innovating the future of education is truly a task that will never be finished. This, one of the many things that set it head and shoulders above its peers, has allowed it to remain at the forefront of its industry in an ever-changing world. A boon that has served it well over the onset of the pandemic and in the aftermath of the lockdowns, it has been able to consistently adapt to fit the changing needs of its pupils, making modernity and innovation the heart of a historic campus. Glenalmond College Boarding & Day School of the Year - Scotland them to face the future with confidence. After all, Glenalmond College sees one of its most sacred duties to be preparing its pupils for life after their scholastic career, and approaches this with an upright zeal. Throughout their time at Glenalmond College, the staff will always foster the pupils’ curiosity and decision-making skills by giving them a variety of ways in which to decide their own path through academic life; indeed, this is something that has set it apart from many boarding schools like it, making it a favourite of pupils and parents alike. The friendly and welcoming boarding school atmosphere is something that its staff has worked hard to implement on every level, with a vast amount of opportunities available at every turn that are available for students to take full advantage of. Thus, the alumni of Glenalmond College are agile and thoughtful learners. Its pupils’ outstanding academic results, incredible levels of artistry, and unmatched performances in several sports all speak to the effectiveness of its teaching style, and it allows them to hone these in state-of-theart classrooms, its huge concert hall, and its well-appointed pitches. The academic brilliance that its pupils develop over their time in the care of Glenalmond College is, of course, of the highest quality, with pastoral care that goes hand in hand with this in order to enrich pupils’ lives and aid them in finding how they learn best. Page 9 LUX 2022 Private Education Awards The use of an enrichment and co-curricular programme allow pupils to develop competences that will support them in every aspect of their adult life. Adventure, expedition, and discovery are also important aspects of the curriculum, allowing it to present pupils with an appropriate level of challenge that ensures pupils remain engaged and enthusiastic about the content, whilst also supporting the pupils throughout. The creative, independent, front-running young people that emerge from this process go on to become the new world leaders and pioneers, allowing them to take the fostered desire to explore that comes from learning on its expansive grounds and take it forward to jobs, hobbies, and passion projects. Glenalmond College is also keen to add that despite the historical and countrysidebased nature of the campus, it is still an incredibly modern school environment. It takes great pride in being technologically adept, able to facilitate its pupils’ IT literacy with exemplary computers and programmes that enable them to find the knowledge they need for academic success, as well as enabling them to engage and interact with others in a responsible way. After all, these sorts of interactions will form a bulk of how they engage with people in their adult life, especially with the prevailing paradigm of remote work having become far more popular in the wake of the pandemic. Located in Perth and Kinross, Glenalmond College is one of several independent boarding and day schools in the region, setting itself apart with its GCSE and A-Level curriculum, an educational standard with high levels of international credibility that its pupils will benefit from gaining credentials in, especially when it comes to university applications. In addition, Glenalmond College also earned further goodwill from pupils, parents, and teachers alike with its response to the pandemic. Throughout the lockdowns caused by the Covid-19 outbreak, this College showed its technological prowess in action. It implemented its online teaching methods with short turnaround and maximum effectiveness, enabling it to pivot to hybrid teaching. With in-person and online classes being held daily early into the crisis, its pupils were able to continue with their learning largely without interruption, allowing it to continue its duty of care during the holiday season. There was, admittedly, a slowing in the influx of international pupils during this time, but it is pleased to say that this has recovered since, and that the online teaching it held more than made up the shortfall in the interim. Being a fundamentally close community, the pupils at Glenalmond College can expect to be quickly made part of the family. With a heavy emphasis on helping pupils to become well rounded people that have access to living, learning, work, and play, its staff are always available outside formal lesson hours and ready and willing to help pupils to achieve all manner of goals, in the classroom and in their free time. Formal and informal support are given equal emphasis at Glenalmond College, and it knows that in order to create an effective teaching environment, one must first create an environment in which children feel safe and supported. This is where Glenalmond College has, time and again, proven its success. Company: Glenalmond College Head Teacher: Dr Michael Alderson Website:

Page 10 LUX 2022 Private Education Awards May22191 A member of the highly renowned Brighton College family of British independent schools, Brighton College Abu Dhabi is recognised around the world as one of the leading education providers in the United Arab Emirates and is continually rated outstanding by the Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK). The College has been voted one of the top five schools in the UAE by Spear’s 2021 School Index and last year won Best School for Theatre, Dance, and the Performing Arts, as well as Best School for Art in the UAE in the Schools Compared Top Schools Awards. Welcoming pupils from Nursery to Year 13, the purpose-built campus boasts state-ofthe-art facilities and is located in the heart of Abu Dhabi. The College’s highly experienced and talented academic staff allow the College to provide an outstanding level of education, just like the Brighton College sister schools around the world who are known for upholding a record of exceptional academic results. A well-rounded curriculum is supported with an excellent co-curricular programme and outstanding pastoral care to allow pupils to discover their passions and interests, all while having a keen focus on their wellbeing. Pupils are truly encouraged to take ownership of their learning experience at Brighton College Abu Dhabi. Curiosity, confidence and kindness are the core elements that underpin all that is done at the College and it is known as a family-orientated, respectful, and vibrant community. It employs an innovative approach to education and pupils are encouraged to develop an enthusiasm for the world beyond the classroom through sport, music, and the performing arts, as well as a love of learning for its own sake. In short, the Brighton College Delivering a distinctive British independent school ethos whilst reflecting the values and dynamic culture of the United Arab Emirates, Brighton College Abu Dhabi offers pupils a vibrant and challenging learning environment. Brighton College Abu Dhabi British School of the Year - UAE Abu Dhabi strives to nurture respectful, intellectually curious, independent and kind young people who are confident and take an active and positive role in the UAE and the wider world. How does the College go about achieving this? The College delivers an innovative STEAM curriculum to encourage pupil inquiry, dialogue, critical thinking and to support pupils to develop the skills they need for jobs of the future. Initiatives such as the College’s Diploma and Advanced Diploma programmes promote personal development and learning beyond the curriculum and reinforce the College’s DNA of curiosity, confidence and kindness. The programmes have been created to inspire pupils to develop and strengthen their personal character, skills and attributes and help pupils prepare for their GCSE and A Level examinations, as well as university life and the world beyond school. The Brighton College Advanced Diploma allows its Sixth Form pupils to develop invaluable skills and an in-depth understanding of the values that universities and future employers are looking for in candidates. The College prides itself on outstanding academic results which enables graduates Page 11 LUX 2022 Private Education Awards to progress to prestigious universities around the globe including Cambridge University, University of Oxford and Harvard University. Head Mistress, Helen Wilkinson said, “These do not arrive by chance. Excellent teachers showing fantastic commitment to the children in their care ensures excellent outcomes.” So, what does the future hold for Brighton College Abu Dhabi? After investing more than AED 1.5 million in refurbishments, the College plans to officially reopen its Theatre later this year which will feature state-of-the-art audio, visual and lighting equipment and it also plans to open an innovation centre and an enhanced design and technology department to encourage its pupils to explore innovation and creativity. The College will also roll out a new coaching model for both pupils and teachers to support with well-being and to empower its teachers in developing their practice. Website : Email : [email protected] Tel : + 971 2 815 6504 Social Media : Facebook I Instagram

Page 12 LUX 2022 Private Education Awards Tucked away in Jupiter, Florida, is a leading early learning academy that strives to empower children through the exploration of ideas and critical thinking. The Tree Top Academy serves children between the ages of two and kindergarten – a key stage in a child’s development – and possesses a curriculum designed to encourage them to ask questions and express their natural curiosity. Indeed, The Tree Top Academy believes that children are born with an infinite amount of creativity, intelligence, and, perhaps most importantly, capability. It is this perspective that inspires the centre’s work to encourage learning through a plethora of means, including the encouragement of children’s interests. “We honor and empower children by cultivating social, emotional and academic growth through inspiring experiences that challenge and extend thinking and wondering,” reads The Tree Top Academy’s mission statement, which it is wholeheartedly committed to. In essence, this statement confirms that the academy’s mission hinges on its approach to learning. It is with this in mind that The Tree Top Academy established its own, unique curriculum based upon four complementary ideas of childhood education. The Reggio Emilia Philosophy, Project Approach, Harvard University’s “Making Thinking Visible”, and The Conscious Discipline Program are all critically acclaimed childhood education techniques that play fundamental roles in The Tree Top Academy’s outlook on learning. For example, The Reggio Children deserve to explore their ideas freely and without repercussions. This is an attitude embedded in The Tree Top Academy’s unique approach to learning, which has been inspired by a quartet of internationally esteemed educational philosophies, such as The Reggio Emilia Philosophy. As a result, student positions at the centre are in high demand – and The Tree Top Academy’s waitlist is only expanding. Apr22593 Tree Top Academy Most Empowering Early Learning Academy - Florida Emilia Philosophy, which has elements that can be traced back to the 19th century, views each child as an individual bursting with potential, curiosity, and creativity. Within this philosophy, the child forges their own theories and path to acquiring knowledge, whilst the teacher operates as the guide and role model. ‘Children become even more curious, interested, and confident as they contemplate the meaning of what they have achieved,’ is a quote attributed to Loris Malaguzzi, who founded The Reggio Emilia Philosophy after the devastation of World War Two. It is abundantly clear that The Tree Top Academy embodies this quote. Throughout the academy, the impact of this method can be seen – children take control of their own paths, acting as the protagonists in their own stories. They are capable, competent and creative, curious and powerful. The Tree Top Academy refuses to stamp out their students’ dreams. It possesses an unwavering respect for the child’s preferred methods of learning and how such techniques may evolve over time. Simply, The Tree Top Academy views each child as an individual – and it treats them as such. Furthermore, in a quotation displayed on the company’s website, the founder and Executive Director, Jeff Turner, explains, ‘I wanted children to have the freedom to learn through exploration, like I did as a child.’ Turner was introduced to The Reggio Emilia Philosophy after the birth of his second child in 2009, which bolstered his interest in Early Childhood Education. After conducting immense amounts of research, he established the centre in 2011, in the hopes that it would create a place that nurtures children’s individuality and passion for learning. This deep interest in education is something found within each member of the team, who devote themselves daily to the betterment of the academy. ‘We have tried to develop a culture where thinking and sharing of ideas is valued. We have tried to develop a culture where teachers are respected as experts in the field of early childhood education. We have tried to develop a culture where teachers and teaching in early education is highly valued. I think we are accomplishing these goals,’ Turner comments. Taking all of these elements into consideration, it is unsurprising that The Tree Top Academy boasts a vast waitlist, filled with the names of hopeful, prospective students. Consequently, this enormous demand is directing the academy’s plans for 2022, as it is in the process of discovering ways in which it can accommodate more students. Contact: Jeff Turner Company: Tree Top Academy Web Address: Page 13 LUX 2022 Private Education Awards Proudly celebrating their 20th anniversary being established in 2002, J. Addison School is not just a school; it is not just a group of classrooms with students in them; and it is not just reading, writing and arithmetic. Principal, Mr Lee Venditti sees J. Addison School more as a concept, as an interaction between different people with a common focus – educating children to their highest level of ability. It’s not just learning content, facts and processes, but it’s learning how to be successful in life. The team at J. Addison continues to grow with pride as they ‘educate children not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts’. J. Addison School Best Co-Educational International K-12 School - Ontario May22520 J. Addison School endeavours to provide an inclusive environment that fosters cooperative learning, intelligence, creativity, and innovation. Its teaching team encourages students to challenge and motivate themselves to achieve their full potential continually and conscientiously. Principal, Mr Lee Venditti feels privileged to lead the learning community of J. Addison School, especially during a time of exciting change and endless possibilities. He and his team are embracing the future of the 21st century and devotedly preparing their students to become the leaders of this new world. In order to accomplish this monumental task, the team strives to provide a teaching experience that is entirely personal; show proud recognition for individual and group achievements along with diligence and hard work; as well as have an unwavering commitment to the development of character and civic responsibility. By cultivating a multidimensional educational environment that goes beyond 0 2 Since 2002 Years Y rs academic accomplishments and personal achievements, J. Addison School motivates its students to aim high and push boundaries, while never losing sight of respecting and embracing the uniqueness and talents of themselves and each other. The teaching team arms them with the skills and values that are vital to becoming a responsible global citizen, so they are prepared to face the future with confidence, integrity, compassion, independence, and leadership. For the students themselves, it is important that they reflect on their goals and strive to not only pursue personal excellence, but also demonstrate perseverance and integrity. Mr Venditti and his team are there to support and encourage them to explore different possibilities and grow as learners. And with these opportunities, come both a personal and collective responsibility to be supportive of one another. J. Addison School’s success hinges on its motto, “Our students’ success is our success”. Indeed, the team are very proud of their students’ achievements and they get great satisfaction out of hearing their positive learning experiences in both the academic and social spheres of J. Addison School. Previous student, Nicholas from Hong Kong says, “My experience at J. Addison was extraordinary and I would say that it is very easy to make friends here. J. Addison developed me into a better person mostly in the aspects of socialness, openness to different experiences, and time management. J. Addison helped me achieve my post-secondary goals by providing a sufficient amount of support both academically and mentally. I feel that the staff of J. Addison has always been with me throughout this stage of life, guiding me until the end.” Another previous student, Isabella from Venezuela shares, “Despite the unexpected circumstances we faced due to the pandemic, my experience at J. Addison was unique and memorable. I felt warmly welcomed since the first day, and was able to build special friendships with both day and board students that I know will last forever. Being part of the basketball team helped me to build habits that will help me in my future as a professional, especially when it comes to time management. Responsibility, accountability, and integrity are the values that reign within the culture of our team, and to that I account its success. Thanks to the moments I lived here, I feel prepared to embrace my future endeavours both as a student-athlete, and for that I am beyond grateful.” Company: J. Addison School Email: [email protected] Website:

Page 14 LUX 2022 Private Education Awards Education – particularly early years education – can shape someone’s life. It has a fundamental role within child development; henceforth, it is important that children receive an education filled with optimism and support. The two aforementioned traits underpin the ethos at Vita et Pax Preparatory School, a co-educational, independent day school and nursery for children aged between three and eleven. Whilst Vita et Pax Preparatory School is a Christian organisation, it is accepting of children from all cultural and religious backgrounds, as it firmly believes that all children should have access to a happy and encouraging learning environment. Indeed, the school believes in embracing the uniqueness of each student that passes through its doors. The school prides itself upon this fact, allowing children to explore their identities and be confident in sharing that with the world around them whether via faith, culture, skills, or knowledge. Consequently, the pupils don’t only grow academically, but also as people. In an ethical approach similar to that of the Parable of the Good Samaritan, Vita et Pax Preparatory School teaches that success lies in the diversity of the human experience. No two people are the same – and that is okay. In essence, strength lies in the uniting of people, and this is reflected in the school’s curriculum. Vita et Pax Preparatory School incorporates a range of cultural teachings into its lessons in order to promote inclusivity, peace, and acceptance. As a result, every student knows that they have a valued voice within the school Learning is an integral part of life. Vita et Pax Preparatory School is on a mission to infuse a passion for learning within every student in its cohort – no matter their background, religion, language, or culture. The school radiates equality and diversity, harnessing such elements as the foundation for a welcoming school community. May22153 Vita et Pax Preparatory School Cockfosters Ltd The Most Inclusive Independent Preparatory Day School - London community and that, no matter what, they will be listened to by the school faculty. Therefore, it is imperative that each staff member at the school is entirely invested in the school’s mission and code of ethics. Kindness, enthusiasm, and creativity can be found within each teacher at the school, who all boast an impressive devotion to the education of every child within the institution. At Vita et Pax Preparatory School, the team ensures that no child is left behind. As such, the staff are an unbreakable pillar of strength within the school and the school ensures that they are supported to continue learning so that they become exceptional leaders whose skills extend far beyond the school walls. It is abundantly clear that Vita et Pax Preparatory School is an incredibly unique and special place to begin the learning journey. Unlike a significant portion of the school system, Vita et Pax Preparatory School is entirely independent, offering an exceptional alternative to parents who are opting to place their children into private education. The children that enter the school are set up for a successful future, with many progressing on to prestigious grammar schools and leading independent secondary schools. Vita et Pax Preparatory School endeavours to continue down this path of inclusivity, warmth, and encouragement. Moreover, the educational institution is moving towards the founding of a larger platform that will bolster its student’s voices. It vows to establish itself as a beacon of diversity and equality, within which it will provide an advanced education to the children it takes on board. Company: Vita et Pax Preparatory School Cockfosters Ltd Web Address: Email: [email protected] Address: Vita et Pax Preparatory School 6a Priory Close Green Road Southgate London N14 4AT Page 15 LUX 2022 Private Education Awards The Montessori Integrated School is one of the Philippines’ leading practitioners of Montessoribased education. It works with children of all abilities, believing that support, education, and encouragement can enable any child to gain selfconfidence and accomplish their educational goals. Montessori Integrated School K-12 & Special Needs School - Southeast Asia Apr22563 At the turn of the 20th century, Maria Montessori was in the process of developing her famed approach to education. Her initial work was conducted amongst children with special needs, whom she taught based upon the elements of what would later become the Montessori Method. In essence, the Montessori method is for every child, no matter what their needs or abilities may be. Implementing this method into its teaching style is the Montessori Integrated School. Located in the Philippines, the school serves as one of the nation’s pioneers of the Montessori philosophy, which it has devised to cater to pre-K-12 and special needs children. The Children’s House, the school’s primary level, was founded in 1965 by Sylvia Lazo, the school’s founder and president. Ms. Lazo is the first Filipino to acquire a primary diploma from the Association Montessori Internationale, a global organisation dedicated to the preservation and continuation of Maria Montessori’s legacy. Henceforth, Montessori Integrated School is one-of-a-kind. Families that require extra support and a well-balanced strategy for their child’s education flock to the school. It is a safe, friendly, and inclusive environment in which children are provided with the tools to thrive. Consequently, the school’s mission is to help children become self-reliant and productive world citizens by enabling the development of independence during the formative years. For example, the school’s kinder and preschool programme is centred around the Montessori principle of the ‘absorbent mind.’ As such, in these three-hour classes, the teachers encourage the interaction between the child and the environment. The classes have been carefully designed to do this through planned and individualised activities and, perhaps most interestingly, through providing means of communication between the youngest students and the oldest students. Consisting of children aged between two years and six years old, the group studies concepts such as sensorial notions, coordinated movement, language, math, and practical life. The mingling between age groups is seen throughout the Montessori Integrated School system, as it believes that when older students and their younger peers are able to interact, there are benefits for both parties. In turn, these interactions are enhanced by unique and tailored classes that allow for the sharing of skills and knowledge to take place. Moreover, in the high school years, work study programmes give the students a chance to discover their career inclinations. The experiences stemming from these programmes also help them develop a strong work ethic and communication skills to ensure their readiness for higher and further education. Montessori Integrated School effectively balances academia with the Montessori Method, resulting in a school that not only embraces intelligence but also independence. No matter what a child’s needs may be, the school is equipped to provide a well-rounded teaching plan that fosters fundamental life skills, confidence, and positivity. Subsequently, it is deserving of its leading position within its field. Contact: Monica Moreno Company: Montessori Integrated School Web Address:

Page 16 LUX 2022 Private Education Awards School uniforms play an enormous role in setting students apart, with private schools demanding the best quality at all times. The team at Number 57 Schoolwear are Coventry’s specialist supplier of school uniforms and several elite sports equipment brands, serving as the school outfitter for the Coventry School Foundation. In the Private Education Awards 2022 from LUXlife, the team achieved incredible success. We dig a little deeper to discover more about how they did it. Number 57 Schoolwear Ltd Best School Uniform & Sport Equipment Shop - West Midlands May22327 More than 2,000 students from Nursery to 6th Form rely on the Number 57 Schoolwear team to provide their uniforms as well as staff kit, sports equipment, tour kits and formerpupil memorabilia. As the school outfitter for the Coventry School Foundation, made up of Bablake and King Henry VIII independent schools, the team have committed themselves to offering something that is the best of the best. This passion for quality is driven from the heart of the business. Founded and run by Helen Zgraja, an ex-Bablake parent, she knows the importance of what she sells and the challenges that parents face when searching for new uniforms. What she offers is a onestop-shop where everything a pupil might need can be found at a high quality and competitive price. Serving such a tight-knit community means that staff know the unique requirements for every year group and working with young people gives them an eye for judging a pupil’s size that saves a great deal of time. The school uniform purchase experience is one which can be dull and tiring. The team at Number 57 Schoolwear are committed to transforming it into one which is not only enjoyable, but makes a student feel like an essential part of the Coventry School Foundation community. Buying a uniform for the first time, or even simply moving to a new school, can be overwhelming for many. Instead of creating an environment which is serious and formal, the aim for every customer who visits Number 57 Schoolwear is to leave with a smile on their face. There’s nothing like walking into school confident that you have everything you might need. Because children grow so quickly, Number 57 Schoolwear has made a point of its ‘Return, Recycle and Reuse’ scheme. This allows customers to return any outworn or outgrown items in return for 15% discount of a replacement. The returned items are professionally cleaned and repaired where needed and sold in one of several secondhand pop-up events throughout the year. As the cost of living begins to impact individuals across the length and breadth of the UK, such initiatives will prove a welcome addition to many parents’ lives! 2022 will see Number 57 Schoolwear phasing in a new uniform for the Coventry School Foundation. With new products and services on offer, the team are set to be very busy for the foreseeable future. The news of the immense quality on offer from the team, alongside their renowned customer service, has also opened doors for the team to explore opportunities outside of the Coventry School Foundation. The hope is that 2022 will see Number 57 Schoolwear expand to offer the same unrivalled service to other independent schools. When people think of school uniforms, they think they are old-fashioned and out of date. Far from it, the Number 57 Schoolwear team consider it a way to promote pride, self-confidence, and a feeling of belonging within the student body. Wearing a school uniform creates a sense of community and equality. Everyone deserves an equal start and that’s precisely what the team at Number 57 Schoolwear provide. Company: Number 57 Schoolwear Ltd Name: Helen Zgraja Email: [email protected] Web Address: Page 17 LUX 2022 Private Education Awards It does not matter if you’re two or 82, DoReMi, a private music school, has a place for you. Built upon the belief that everyone is musical and should have the opportunity to access music lessons, the music school supplies its services to all abilities, ranging from beginner to advanced. DoReMi has designed a curriculum that is engaging and addresses all learning styles, resulting in classrooms full of smiling faces. Founded by Chris Marti, an expert in Early Childhood Education and Music Education, the company is supported by an abundance of expertise. She boasts an impressive repertoire of over 50 instruments, and in 2020, she received the Royal Conservatory Teacher of Distinction Award in recognition of her contributions to the field. Over two decades ago, Chris opted to pour her passion for music into teaching, manifesting in the creation of Do Re Mi for Kids Inc. The company provides a thorough and wellrounded music education, which allows for students to explore a range of musical options rather than being limited to one instrument. This enables students to dabble in several instruments if they wish – allowing their passion for music to blossom. Additionally, DoReMi’s programmes are shaped around family, which is a primary reason behind its students’ success. The company’s youngest students, who can be as young as eight months old, get to explore sound, rhythm and movement with their caregivers. Whereas its older students benefit from the extra familial support. In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, which had a large impact on the industry, DoReMi saw the opportunity to be more creative in terms of its teaching methods. One of the Do you remember the monotony of your childhood music lessons? With Do Re Mi for Kids Inc, this bland reality is no more – instead, the music school is a vibrant place devoted to fostering a long-term love of music, learning, and creating in its students. Gone are the days of being forced to learn an instrument in an uninspiring environment. May22084 Do Re Mi for Kids Inc Most Innovative Family Music School - GTA many changes implemented came in the form of online classes, and it is currently offering virtual and hybrid classes that have drawn in students from Japan, Europe, and North and South America. This includes the Musical Moments Parent & Tot class which meets for 45 minutes, once a week, on a Wednesday, Thursday, or Saturday morning. In addition, students can join classes or undertake private online lessons, which culminates in a digital recital at the end of the year. On top of these recitals, which provide students with the chance to showcase their skills, DoReMi hosts a plethora of events throughout the year. For example, on the 24th of July, DoReMi is holding an open house, in which it will be offering fun-packed, musical activities for the whole family. This is the prime time to explore what the company has to offer, as the fun-day enables prospective students and those curious to meet the staff, students, and discover how much fun music education can be. 2022 in its entirety is set to be an actionpacked year for the music school, as it is anticipating the launch of multiple new classes. Indeed, one such programme is centred around rock music. Titled “Rock Band”, the course will provide students with the opportunity to play in ensembles and gain a thorough understanding of the genre. If you are curious about this non-traditional approach to learning music, DoReMi implores you to check out its unique programmes – and if you mention that you heard about the company from LuxLife, it promises a call from the founder of the school! Contact: Chris Marti Company: Do Re Mi for Kids Inc Web Address:

Page 18 LUX 2022 Private Education Awards The ethos that permeates Kitebrook Preparatory School is that children only have one childhood. This means that while its children gain the academic precision needed to confidently move on to their next schools, what actually is instilled in them are the fond memories of being allowed to embrace imagination and fun, something so inherent and imperative to a child’s formative years. Being outdoors, come rain or shine, the children don their waterproofs and climb trees, scramble up nets, make dens and enjoy creating in the outdoors with their friends. They are afforded a kind of freedom that only a country prep can offer; wellies on at play, outdoor learning overlooking a field full of sheep and cows, swathes of trees and gorgeous hills on the horizon, all guarded by a ha-ha. Kitebrook doesn’t compromise the academics because it is a country school; it makes the school stronger. With a bespoke Baccalaureate programme for its Upper School children, Kitebrook maintains the rigour of the 13+ ISEB Common Entrance while also promoting and measuring 10 lifelong skills and characteristics. This combination provides parents with a holistic view of their child’s progress, and for Kitebrook to optimally determine the best fit for their next school. Kitebrook works with its children and their families on where they aspire to move on to, with first choices and scholarships regularly being attained. Opportunities beyond academia are plentiful. Sport is for all at Kitebrook, with incredible team and individual successes, and dedicated Named Great Country Prep by The Week Independent Schools Guide, and Most Idyllic Independent School 2021 and Most Welcoming Independent School 2022 in the Private Education Awards, Kitebrook Preparatory isn’t just a school within the beautiful Cotswold countryside, but it epitomises what a great country school should be. May22575 Kitebrook Preparatory School Most Welcoming Independent School - Gloucestershire sports staff who have transformed the department. However, it’s not just sports where its children excel, its creative arts departments also offer inspirational outlets for the children, honing their many talents. Kitebrook’s extracurricular provision is incredibly varied, with something new and exciting available, motivating all children to become involved. The popular flexi boarding evenings bring together children from all year groups, in a home from home environment. Spending time drinking hot chocolate, playing games, building their resilience, independence and confidence, while having lots of fun with others. Kitebrook has also successfully achieved the Green Flag Award, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world. Due to the outstanding efforts of its pupil-led Eco-Committee, it can now fly the flag with pride as an internationally recognised Eco-School. Traditionally, where boys were made to leave at a young age, Kitebrook now comfortably sits as a fully mixed prep school, with equal numbers of boys and girls throughout. The small class sizes and family atmosphere provides an environment that supports individuality, cultivating unique talents and nurturing a child’s development. Kitebrook strengthens responsibility in its older children, which creates an independence key to their future life skills. It also ensures they offer a nurturing arm to those who are younger, providing an exemplary model of how they too should behave. While Kitebrook’s goal is to extract the personal potential of an individual child, it knows that this purpose manifests itself in many different guises, and it is the wellbeing and happiness of each child that needs to be at the core of their education, which it truly believes takes place at its welcoming, country prep school. Company: Kitebrook Preparatory School Head: Mrs Susan McLean Email: [email protected] Website: