Plans to expand Flax Bourton C of E primary school have been granted approval.

North Somerset Council’s Executive has agreed to the expansion of the school from a 105 to a 210-place primary school, with effect from September 2019.

The school has been over-subscribed for some time, receiving more applications than there are places available.

With projections showing the need for additional places will continue to increase over the coming years, the council has been working with the headteacher and governors at Flax Bourton school to seek a solution.

A consultation on the proposal to expand the school was held earlier this year with a total of 124 responses received, of which over 90 percent were in favour of the changes proposed.

Pupils and staff at the school were asked for their thoughts and were all in favour of the expansion. The proposal also has the approval of the Diocese of Bath & Wells and Flax Bourton Parish Council.

North Somerset Council’s Executive Member for Children and Young People’s Services, Cllr Jan Barber, said: “The changes at Flax Bourton school will provide additional school places for the village and surrounding area, and enhance the school’s learning environment.

“The council is committed to providing fair access to educational opportunity to promote the fulfilment of every child’s potential, by ensuring there are sufficient school places across North Somerset.”

The council has committed £2m to pay for the works required to expand the school at Flax Bourton, which includes the construction of new classrooms, internal remodelling and the purchase of land to increase parking provision.