THE Independent School of the Year award went to Abberley Hall School.

Will Lockett, headmaster said: "It’s fabulous news that Abberley Hall won the ‘Best Independent School’ award at the Worcester News Education Awards last night.

"As the headmaster here, I am deeply aware of what a fabulous educational experience our pupils are so lucky to have.

"It is also wonderful for such a hard-working team to have this recognition.

"The awards ceremony last night really drove home how much brilliant work is being done in the education sector throughout Worcestershire, not least at the University, so recognition in this forum makes me very happy indeed!"

Abberley Hall School was described as a "unique" place where children flourish.

Last year, the top pupils at the school, in Great Witley, scooped a record breaking 52 scholarships or exhibitions to 15 different schools.

Parents described staff as "amazing" and said they go above the call of duty.

This includes all staff doing at least one evening activity per week.

The summer term allows fishing, sailing, riding, mountain biking and, the highlight, a grand concert.

Staff at Bowbrook House School were happy to be finalists for the award.

Headteacher Chris Allen said: "It's fantastic recognition for staff just to be finalists.

"We are really happy. We are also really proud of Harvey Robinson, nominated for Newcomer of The Year, he is a fantastic teacher."

Bowbrook House School, in Peopleton, near Pershore, has been praised for its child centred approach. Parents say the school enables youngsters to thrive and boosts self-esteem in a safe and nurturing environment.

They commended staff for going above and beyond their roles on a daily basis, both inside and outside the classroom, and for their commitment to looking after pupils.

The school is described as being "incredible" and having a flexible, open and adaptive approach to pupils.

Gloverspiece Minifarm was also happy to be a finalist for the Independent School Award.

Headteacher Lynne Duffy said: "We are really pleased. We started off to provide something completely different.

"We use the farm as therapy to begin with, then as their confidence builds, they eventually start coming into the classroom. "We have a range of animals which the children can go and spend time with if they need time out."