A SCHOOL in Bourton has welcomed early years and reception classes into new facilities after completing a £1.8million revamp.

The three-stage redevelopment of Bourton-on-the-Water Primary Academy will extend the school's provision to 45 extra children per year.

Alongside new classrooms, nursery and pre-school facilities, pupils have been taking advantage of a new play area which was completed in addition to improved drainage and a new mains supply.

Headteacher John Jones said: “We are delighted with the finished project and now have classrooms that are spacious, bright and cheerful. Our special thanks goes to all those involved in the build for their work, efforts and excellent liaison with the school.”

Councillor Patrick Molyneux, cabinet member for education, economy and skills at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “The new facilities are fantastic and mean the school can accommodate the growing numbers of children in the local area.

"This £1.8 million project is just part of the £100 million we are investing into our county’s schools to give all children the education they deserve.”

Cllr Paul Hodgkinson, county councillor for Bourton and Northleach, said: “Bourton Primary School has expanded a lot in the past few years and this latest addition underlines how important it is for Bourton and surrounding villages.”