A number of schools in Oxford have been nominated for an awards ceremony dubbed the 'Oscars of education'.

The Tes (Times Educational Supplement) Schools Awards 2024 brings independent and state schools together to "celebrate excellence across the whole education sector".

Award categories up for grabs include 'Boarding School of the Year', ‘Inclusive School of the Year’ and 'Teaching Assistant of the Year' among others.

Among the schools in the city up for an award is The Oxford High School which has been nominated in the Independent Prep School of the Year category.

Headteacher of Oxford High Prep School, Jessica Williams said: “Being shortlisted for the Tes Awards is a tremendous honour and a testament to the dedication and innovative spirit of our entire school community.

“We are proud of the transformative educational experiences we offer our students and thrilled to be recognised for our efforts.”

The Dragon School in Summertown has also been nominated for an award as it looks to win in the Boarding School of the Year category.

While, Headington School’s economics department has been nominated in the Subject Lead of the Year category for secondary schools.

A statement from the Headington School said: “We’re delighted to share that our Economics Department has been shortlisted in the Tes Schools Awards for Subject Lead of the Year. With huge uptake and excellent outcomes, it’s great to see recognition for the team."

Magdalen College School has also been nominated in the Tim Brighouse Community Engagement Initiative of the Year category.

Mr Brighouse who passed away last year was the Schools Commissioner for London between 2002 and 2007.

He was also the chief education officer for Oxfordshire between 1978 and 1989, and was described by a former colleague as a 'towering figure in British education'. 

A statement from Magdalen College School said: “We are delighted to announce that Magdalen College School, Oxford has been nominated for a prestigious Tes Schools Award in the category of ‘The Tim Brighouse Community Engagement Initiative of the Year’."

A panel of industry experts, who are highly respected in their fields, will judge each of the 21 categories and the winners will be announced at a ceremony in the Grosvenor Hotel, Park Lane, London on Friday, June 21.

The winner of a special Lifetime Achievement Award will also be revealed on the night.

Jon Severs, editor of Tes Magazine said: "Congratulations to all the shortlisted entries - the standard was so high this year despite the challenges schools face.

"It is critical we celebrate excellence and share it widely so we can ensure that the fantastic work happening in education is properly recognised."