A major expansion has been completed at a high school in Bourton which will see its intake increase by over 10 per cent.

The £5.8 million development at the Cotswold School, on The Avenue, has seen the creation of a new two-storey English teaching block, new science labs, and the expansion of the sports hall.

Headteacher Will Morgan is excited to see pupils start making the most of the new facilities.

He said: “The ambitious expansion of facilities at The Cotswold School has been a resounding success.

“Our English Department now occupies 10 spacious classrooms and additional flexible study areas, students learn in modern science laboratories and the new gymnasium has extended the range of sport and wellbeing activities we offer.

“Thanks to the excellent design and delivery of these learning spaces, we can provide an outstanding education to more children in the local community.”

Funding for the project was provided by Gloucestershire County Council.

The new English block houses 10 classrooms, toilets, and additional student areas and staff offices.

Additionally, the sports hall has been extended to create additional changing areas, staff offices and gym facilities.

Meanwhile, the conversion of two classrooms and a small extension has led to the creation of new science labs.

The development means the schools intake for the catchment area will increase from 220 to 250.

Councillor Phillip Robinson, cabinet member for Economy, Education and Skills, said: “The expansion of The Cotswold School is part of our huge investment into schools across Gloucestershire, and will provide additional school places in the area.

“The new English building, expansion to the sports hall, and refurbishment of the science lab, will enhance the ‘Outstanding’ level of teaching the school provides.”

Work was carried out by construction firm Speller Metcalfe, selected through its place on the County Council Major Construction Works framework.

Joint managing director, Andy Metcalfe, said: “All these elements brought together not only enables the school to provide for more pupils, but delivers a modern learning environment from which to do so, and we are delighted that the facilities are already being put to good use.”