MALVERN featured prominently in this year's Worcestershire Education Awards, with one teacher winning her category.

Therese Langford from St Joseph's Catholic Primary School in Malvern won Headteacher of the Year, an award which celebrates outstanding commitment and dedication to inspiring pupils and driving the success of the school.

Mrs Langford was recognised for her efforts since taking over at the school in 2016, and said: "I am accepting this award on behalf of everyone associated with the school.

"Well done to all the staff and pupils and everyone who has supported us.

"It has been a real team effort."

Mrs Langford was described in her original nomination as someone who had shown “exceptional leadership, outstanding commitment to her pupils and has brought transformational ambition to the school.

The school in Newtown Road was rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted inspectors in February, having required improvement in its previous two inspections.

Through the work of Mrs Langford and her staff, as well as pupils and parents, the school has been able to turn results around and thrive.

Another Malvern resident who made it to the finals was Janice Watts and her team from Connect Through Language.

Connect Through Language is a scheme offering free English tuition to those for whom English is not their first language.

The scheme is designed to break down barriers and help integration.

Mrs Watts said: "Being a finalist is all down to the hard work of our founders and investors, as well as the hard work and dedication of our volunteers and hard-working students."

Another of the Malvern representatives at the Education Awards was Jeff Robinson of the Hanley and Upton Educational Trust, which runs the schools in the area.

Mr Robinson's work, and that of his team, was vital to ensuring the schools have thrived and succeeded.