International School of the Year 2024

Marlborough College Malaysia has won International School of the Year in the first ever Tes Awards for International Schools 2024


Marlborough College Malaysia has won International School of the Year in the first ever Tes Awards for International Schools. The awards programme expands the success of the UK’s prestigious and long running Tes Schools Awards, dubbed ‘the Oscars of education’.

7 schools and 6 teachers won awards in the inaugural Tes Awards for International Schools. These 13 winners were selected by an independent panel of expert judges, from a shortlist of 96 schools located across the globe. Despite the tough competition, it has been now revealed Marlborough College Malaysia has won International School of the Year.

Regionally, 6 awards were won by schools in the Middle East, 5 in Asia, 1 in Africa, and 1 in Europe.

Mr. Simon Burbury, Master of Marlborough College Malaysia said, “We are absolutely delighted to share with you all that Marlborough College Malaysia has been awarded ‘International School of the Year’ by the TES, as part of their inaugural awards for international schools.The awards bring together international schools from around the world to celebrate excellence across the sector in one inclusive global event.

In the write-up it states that, ‘The judges unanimously voted Marlborough College Malaysia as the International School of the Year. They have shown their dedication in passionately driving academic, wellbeing, and co-curricular activities to help their pupils succeed.’

It is superb that the College has received this external validation from such a prestigious educational institution.”


Dan Worth, International Editor for Tes Magazine said, “Discovering the amazing things the winning schools and individuals have been doing all around the world has been very exciting as they demonstrate bold new ideas and innovations in a raft of key areas of education. The Tes Awards for International Schools has set the bar high in its first year in terms of both the breadth of the quality of entries received and the eventual winners and we look forward to seeing how this continues to evolve in the future.” 

Debra Forsyth, CEO of BSME said, “BSME is very proud of the continuous development work in Middle East schools that ensures they are at the cutting edge of education globally and offer an education that ranks amongst the best in the world. The award-winning schools have demonstrated high levels of collaboration, inclusion, and innovation that we think exemplify the best of education in the region.”

Colin Bell, CEO of COBIS said, “The selection of finalists in the Tes Awards for International Schools has been fantastic. Seeing the commitment and innovation offered by these schools has been inspirational, encouraging and really characterises what international schools can and do offer.”

Kam Chohan, Executive Director of ECIS said, “The work of these winners has been inspiring and we’re proud to see the excellence these schools have been able to deliver to their students. These winners demonstrate the passion international schools and teachers have in taking the education they offer to new heights, and how they give their students greater opportunities to succeed.”

John Gwyn Jones MBE, CEO of FOBISIA said, “British international schools in the FOBISIA community have really demonstrated their dedication to the remarkably high-quality education that’s on offer in Asia. We’re so thrilled to see schools in our region succeed in these awards and showcase how dynamic and innovative our member schools are.”

Olli-Pekka Heinonen, Director General at the IB said, “The IB is truly inspired by the remarkable achievements demonstrated by all schools participating in the TES Awards for International Schools 2024. This level of dedication makes us optimistic for the future of international education, given the efforts that both schools and educators are putting into the advancement of their curriculum.”


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