STAFF at Fort Royal Community Primary School were delighted to win the Primary School Of The Year Award in the Worcester News Worcestershire Education Awards.

Headteacher Ed Francis said: "We are very pleased. A big thank you to the people who nominated us. "We are very proud to serve the children who have special needs, and to guide them to be the best they can be."

Fort Royal Community Primary School prides itself for providing a unique place for children with disabilities.

The school in Wyld's Lane, Worcester, has had an unprecedented increase in children from 140 in 2013 to 210 in 2017.

Due to demand, staff worked tirelessly last year to enable the building of two new classrooms to accommodate the extra students.

Gloverspiece Minifarm was one of the finalists in the Primary School Of The Year category.

Lynne Duffy, headteacher, said: "We are really pleased, we started off as a new school to provide something completely different.

"We have some children with anxiety so we are using the farm as a therapy to introduce the children to begin with. "We provide one- two- one support.

"We have three main teachers and every child has a teaching assistant. The children can learn completely at their own pace."

Gloverspiece Minifarm in Droitwich, provides bespoke education for children aged between four and 12.

Therapeutic activities include music, cookery, art and gardening.

There's also a new building where children can be taught more formally, play games and escape the elements.

This includes a sensory room for children requiring time alone. The site is an accredited care farm, which has been established for seven years.

Meadows First School in Bromsgrove also reached the final three.

The school is "very inclusive" and celebrates difference and equality.

A spokesman from Meadows First School said: "We are just really pleased that the hard work and effort of the staff has been recognised by the awards panel."