Children and staff are enjoying some brand new facilities for the start of the term at the expanded Southlands High School, Chorley.
A new sports hall, changing rooms, classroom, offices and a reception are now available at the school on Clover Road, thanks to a £3.6m investment by Lancashire County Council.
The extra facilities were needed to cope with the increase in pupil numbers, due to a rise in the birth rate coupled with significant housing development in the area.
To cope with this increase in numbers, the school has also been expanded to accept 30 extra pupils each year, starting with the current school year.
The expansion means that the number of pupils who are admitted has increased from 190 to 220.
County Councillor Matthew Tomlinson, Lancashire County Council cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: “I’m so impressed by the quality of these new facilities and the fantastic learning environment created for the pupils.
“We’ve been able to expand a school that did not have the places that it needed for its growing population. It’s great that we’ve been able to offer these extra places which will be a real boost for the local community.
“When numbers are increased, the school facilities sometimes need to grow to keep pace with the expansion. We also recognised a need for more sports provision at the school, so we’ve created some extra facilities to keep pace.
“Congratulations to everyone who has played a part in this. We are looking forward to being able to accommodate more children and hope they enjoy their new facilities.”
Mark Fowle, headteacher of Southlands High School, said: “I’m delighted that we were able to welcome more pupils to our school recently.
“The new facilities have made such a huge difference to what we can offer to pupils, parents and the community at our school.
“It is always good news to be able to improve on the facilities we can offer.”