It’s the school which supports pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties in Southampton.

And it’s thanks to the dedication and commitment of its staff that our panel of judges decided Rosewood Free School deserved the prestigious accolade of School of the Year 2017.

Councillor Darren Paffey, head of education for Southampton City Council, said: “It was a wonderful evening as it recognises the tremendous work that goes on in our schools and colleges.

“And it’s also vital that we recognise when people do well for the future success of our children.

“We felt that Rosewood School really embraced the concept - that it’s not just about grades, but about improving the whole lives of their students and we really wanted to recognise the school for doing such an excellent job.”

Head teacher Zoe Evans said she was “delighted” that her and her staff were chosen as School of the Year. She said: “We are a school that is all about teamwork and we all work together. That’s really what makes the school community and also what makes it for the children.”

The school was nominated for the team’s “unique approach to the education of learners that is nationally recognised,” and for being “actively engaged with in house research and development for looking for ways to improve teaching to support the learners.”

The school teaches pupils ages two - 19 and includes a post 16 provision “hub” which caters for learners with additional physical and sensory impairments.