A school photography business is on track to double its turnover and create ten new jobs over the next year.

Ward-Hendry Photography, which was launched in 2004 by husband and wife team Michael and Sarah Ward-Hendry from their garden shed, specialises in contemporary school photography services.

The business, which currently employs 35 staff at its offices in Adderbury, near Banbury has a turnover of £1.5m which is set to rise to £3m after its current expansion targets are met with schools across the UK.

The company was formed after Mr Ward-Hendry was made redundant from his job as a sales director for an IT company and joined forces with his wife, an established photographer.

He said: “After I was made redundant, we were keen to turn a difficult situation into something positive by building our own business.

“As parents ourselves, we saw a gap in the market for high quality, contemporary school portraits. Since then, the business has gone from strength-to strength, with orders coming in from schools looking for more memorable images that reflect the personalities of their pupils.”

Ward-Hendry received funding for the expansion through Lloyds TSB Commercial's Banbury branch.

The company’s modern take on school photography has been formally endorsed by the National Association of Head Teachers, and the Specialist Schools & Academies Trust.