A SCHOOL in Hereford which is rated outstanding will expand this September with an additional classroom.

Herefordshire Council's cabinet approved funding of £300,000 from the capital budget for fund work for a new classroom at Marlbrook in Redhill.

The meeting heard that the school is rated as Outstanding by Ofsted and has been consistently oversubscribed since 2011.

The council has already supported the school in its expansion plans through making provision in the 2015 and 2016 capital programme for one permanent and one temporary double classroom, providing sufficient capacity to enable the school to have a third entry class in 2016 and 2017.

In approving these arrangements, it was noted that feasibility work would need to be carried out to establish a longer term solution for September 2018.

The works would include turning the current Marlbrook nursery areas into a classroom and converting the Multi-Agency Office at Greencroft, next to the school, into nursery provision, including creating a dedicated outdoor play area.

The Multi-Agency Office provides hot desk office space for Herefordshire Council staff but are not fully utilised and work is being undertaken to see where they can be accommodated elsewhere.