BOWBROOK House School was named Secondary School of the Year.

The small, independent school, in Peopleton, near Pershore, was praised for being a family friendly environment which nurtured pupils to do their best throughout their school life.

The school is described as making every child feel special with staff knowing them as individuals and having real pride in helping them succeed.

Pupils were said to blossom at the school, which encouraged them to make progress at the their own pace.

One nomination read: “Everyone at Bowbrook, children, parents and teachers seem and act like one big family.”

Chris Allen, headmaster at the school, thanked his team and said: “We were very proud to have won this category.

“We are not academically selective, we care for a range of students.

“We have to adapt the curriculum accordingly. “We have got students who take 12 and others who struggle to get six. It’s about being inclusive but underpinning all of that it’s about respect.”

He added: “I think the awards are a really good idea.

“It’s inspirational stories coming through.”

The runners up were Nunnery Wood High School and Tudor Grange Academy Worcester.

Nunnery Wood High was described as an excellent school, educationally and with the pastoral care and extracurricular activities.

Tudor Grange Academy Worcester was described as a school going from strength to strength.

Staff were said to be caring and supportive with a strong team who consistently worked hard.