In 2007, Uppingham School recognised that a major part of its campus was no longer fit for purpose.
Unlike the Victorian heart of the school, with buildings that had stood the test of time, some of the 1950s and 1960s facilities were in urgent need of replacement.
An architectural masterplan was required and would need major capital expenditure.
With the economy in great shape at that time, the school decided to embark on the Western Quad project.
Soon after, however, the global economy crashed.
Many advised the school to postpone its plans, but the headmaster and trustees showed tenacity and commitment to finish what had been started.
The wholehearted backing of staff, parents and alumni underpinned the most successful appeal in the school’s history, raising £19 million.
In August 2014, the project was completed with the creation of a collection of award-winning buildings that have transformed the school.
The judges noted that the project was “a hugely impressive feat during straitened times”.
Winners attended a black-tie event in at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, hosted by Michael Portillo, where over 400 attendees celebrated all that is outstanding in independent schools across the UK.
The awards have 13 categories, including British international school of the year, special needs initiative of the year and senior leadership team of the year.