The 2019 judges include the founder of the Emirates Literature Festival, Isobel Abulhoul OBE; the former head of the UK boarding association and Repton, Dubai, Jonathan Hughes -D’Aeth; former Samoan dual code international and professional rugby player, and owner of Apollo Sporting Academy, Apollo Perelini; former head of School Development for Sobha, and founder of the Education Intelligence Group, Shaun Robison; founder of the Early Years Educational Services and a recognised authority in Early Years, Sarah Rogers; founder of professional learning organisation KDSL Global, Kevin Simpson, and Which Media's Head of Community, Lyn Soppelsa.
From the shortlist published on SchoolsCompared.com, the editors present a final list of five to the judges. The judges then rank the schools in order of who they think makes the strongest case in each category from first to fifth place, and in so doing choose the winners.
This year there are 19 awards, ranging from the Best School by curriculum, to Best School for Sport, to Best School for Performing Arts. There is also a Principal of the Year Award, a Best School overall award and an award for "Outstanding Contribution" to education in the UAE.
For the full biographies of the judges, and the list of awards in full, go to the SchoolsCompared.com Top Schools Award guide, which also details in full the shortlist of schools for each category.
Neither the final shortlist of five, or the winner will be made public until March 7th, at the RajMahal Theatre at Dubai Parks and Resorts when school leaders from across the United Arab Emirates will gather to celebrate the incredible achievements of the country's schools.