THE Halesowen History Society has lauded the high standard of the entries into its annual school project competition.

Pupils across Halesowen got involved in the competition with each school presenting one written project about local history to the judges.

The winners of the secondary school category for the second year running were Windsor High School and Sixth Form.

Carol Taylor, secretary of Halesowen History Society, was impressed by the standard of the entries.

She said: "The society would like to thank all that took part and we know that the schools all had trouble choosing just one project due to the high standard.

"This is our second year of the competition, and each school was asked to choose a written project to represent the school, about any aspect of local history.

"Windsor High School and Sixth Form won the secondary school competition and received £200 as top prize."

The winning project was The History of Halesowen which was written by Holly Bradley, who received £50.

The primary school's competition was so close that the judges were unable to chose a clear winner.

Mrs Taylor said: "We had a lot of trouble choosing an overall winner so, we have joint winners in Lapal and Hurst Green primary schools with both schools winning £200.

Lapal Primary School entered An Interview with My Grandad by Lily May Hawthorne, who received £50, and Hurst Green Primary School, which also won last year, entered Coal Mining by Olivia Harvey who also received £50.

Mrs Taylor added: "We also had a very close contender from Hasbury Church of England Primary School who entered The Eventful Life of Francis Brett Young by Poppy Jones, Alec Lowe and Crystal Huynh, each pupil received £20 and the school was awarded £100.

The society has been bringing history to Halesowen for the last 35 years and meets at Shenstone Theatre, Halesowen Library, every first Thursday of the month excluding January, July and August from 7pm until 10pm.