A SCHOOL is set to expand so it can take an extra 210 pupils.

Lancashire County Council has agreed a proposal to permanently expand Trinity Church of England/Methodist School at Buckshaw Village, Chorley.

Following a statutory consultation process, County Councillor Matthew Tomlinson agreed that the school in Unity Place will be able to accept an additional 30 reception year pupils from September 2016.

The expansion means that the number of pupils who are admitted to reception class will increase each year from 60 to 90, resulting in the school capacity increasing from 420 to 630.

A temporary expansion of the school to provide an additional 30 reception places for one year had previously been agreed.

The need for additional primary school places is as a result of a rise in the birth rate coupled with the effect of significant housing development in the area.

County Councillor Tomlinson said: “We need to increase the size of this popular school to meet the expected additional demand for places now and in the future.

“We’ll be able to provide an extra 30 reception places from September 2016 with places on the new site hopefully being available from 2017.

“We are constantly reviewing changing demographic factors to make sure the number and location of the school places we provide are adequate throughout Lancashire.

“It’s great that we’ve been able to offer these extra places which will be a real boost for the local community.

“We are looking forward to being able to accommodate more children next year.”

Head teacher at Trinity Primary School, Jill Wright, said: “I am delighted to be able to welcome more pupils to our school soon.

“We have agreed to increase the intake by an additional 30 places, which is really needed.”