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Awards Day Nineteen! The Top Schools Award for Best Principal in the UAE 2021. Official Entry Form now LIVE.
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Awards Day Nineteen! The Top Schools Award for Best Principal in the UAE 2021. Official Entry Form now LIVE.

by Jon WestleyMay 2, 2021

The Top Schools Awards, the UAE’s definitive School Awards, recognising the region’s most outstanding schools, teachers and educationalists, today publishes full information for entering the nineteenth of this year’s Awards:

The Top Schools Award for Best Principal in the UAE 2021

Entry for each of the remaining individual Awards are being published daily between now and the 8th May 2021. For details of the Awards published to date, click here.

This Award recognises those school Principals that provide above and beyond leadership of their school, or schools, and set the benchmark for school leadership across education in the UAE.

We welcome formal nominations from Owners and Teachers of any school in the UAE. Parents and students at schools should be able to contribute to an formal application.   Please see the guidance below. 

Should parents or students wish to make an informal nomination, they can do so by sending the name of their chosen outstanding school Principal, and reasons for their nomination, to [email protected].



Please complete this application form to nominate your chosen Principal for The SchoolsCompared Top Schools Award for Best Principal in the UAE 2021. A PDF of the form can be downloaded at the end of this article.

Please note that not entering for this Award, does not preclude any Principal from being considered for this Award. All Principals in the UAE may be considered within the judging process, with nominations drawn from parents, students and expertise and data across Which Media.

Formally entering a Principal for this Award, however, does ensure that we have access to accurate, up-to-date information on your nominated Principal – and information strengthened by your decisions on how to answer the following questions.

Please use the following questions as a guide; you may wish to draw out other strengths to support your case.



Aim for 200-500 Words

Provide the name and full title of the Principal that you wish to nominate. Please, where possible, provide a full biography of the Principal including their education and experience. Please identify in what capacity you are making your nomination.

Support the case that your nominee has made an outstanding, above and beyond, contribution to the leadership of your school. Focus on (1) how they have, and do, respond to the different needs, personalities, and gifts of each individual child – ensuring that no child is ever “left behind”; (2) How they have inspired, supported and empowered teaching faculty at your school,; and, (3) how they have supported and strengthened links with parents and the broader community.   



Aim for 200-500 Words

Provide examples, reflecting the experiences of at least three different teachers at your school, of how the nominated Principal has made his or her impact felt. Draw on examples of (1) pioneering educational best-practice, (2) inspirational leadership; and (3) steadfast focus on delivering an outstanding education for every child.



Aim for 200-500 Words

Provide an example of where your nominated Principal has acted in the interests of students and/or teachers outside the requirements of their job specification and role. This might include an example of where an intervention by the nominated teacher has fundamentally transformed for the better the education received by all children at your School, or where they have worked to support other schools and share best practice.  You may include an example of where the nominated teacher placed the interests of children and/or teachers and/or education in the UAE before their own.



Aim for 200 – 500 Words

Please provide quotations supporting your nomination from teachers, school Owner and parents at your school. Where possible, provide supporting quotations from children themselves.

You should also include two inspirational photographs of your nominated Principal reflecting their relationships with teaching faculty and children under their care.   



Aim for 200 – 500 Words

Please provide information on how you your nominated Principal has responded to the many challenges of Covid 19.


As part of the following application, you will strengthen your case considerably by sending the following survey links to your teachers, parents, and older students, asking them to independently provide feedback on your School.

Teachers should complete the survey here:

Parents should complete the survey here:

Older students ONLY (Grade 10-12/Year 11-13) should complete the survey here: 

The statistical results of these surveys are valued, shared with judges and used in our decision making.

In addition we use data provided to us under your school profile on the Which Media database. This can be accessed through our sister site

In particular, if relevant to your Centre, please complete the following sections from the Admin:

  • Facilities
  • Sports offering
  • Scholarships and Bursaries
  • Details
  • Demographics
  • Memberships and accreditations
  • General info
  • Fees

It is critical that the data relied on by judges is accurate and up-to-date. If you do not have a school account on our sister site,, please request one so you can update your review and admissions data here:


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Please collate the above information in a Word document. High resolution (inspirational) photography, relevant film, PDF(s), together with any audio files, that you may wish to submit, should be sent separately with the Word file. Please also include a School Prospectus if that has been produced. 

When your application is completed, these should be sent, in a single email, titled “SCTSA21 PRINCIPAL” with both your, and your school’s, name, to:

[email protected]

Please note: unless you specifically identify information that is confidential and sensitive and not for publication, any information sent to us may be published and become a statement of public record. It is vital therefor that information provided is accurate.



To download the complete official entry form for The Top Schools Award for Best Principal in the UAE 2021 click here.

Completed entries must be received no later than 7th July 2021.

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Jon Westley
Jon Westley is the Editor of and UK. You can email him at jonathanwestley [at]

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