A GUISBOROUGH primary school is seeing a major expansion to help increase capacity.

The extension, which includes a new classroom as well as refurbishment work, is expected to be completed in time for the next academic year in September.

The scheme also involves creating a new main entrance and expanding office spaces.

It also involves relocating the nursery into the refurbished caretakers bungalow.

It aims to increase student capacity, and improve the separation of the school and nursery school spaces.

The expansion is expected to cost up to £740,000 in total with £640,000 coming from the Government’s Basic Need Grant.

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Children, Councillor Alison Barnes, said: “This is an excellent scheme which will allow the school to meet the increased demand for places and optimise the use of space for both the primary and nursery children at Belmont.”

Headteacher of the school, Chris Gibson, said: “We are happy to support the local authority in meeting the need for increased primary school places and are very much looking forward to the completion of the project.”

Moody Construction is currently working on site and the designs were created by Logic Architecture.

Belmont is for pupils aged between three and 11 and has 319 children on roll.

Its nursery currently has places for 39 children aged three to four years to attend in the morning and a further 39 in the afternoon.