Council expected to rubber stamp half-a-million-pound scheme to boost pupil numbers in west of town.

Plans to expand a Barnstaple primary school are expected to be given a rubber stamp next week.

Devon County Council is being asked to approve a £635,000 scheme Sticklepath Community School – one of three Devon schools in line for a share of nearly £3million in funding designed to help the county cope with rising pupil numbers.

The work will mean that Sticklepath – as well as Highweek in Newton Abbot and Landscore in Crediton – will be able to accommodate a total of 420 children, with 60 starting school each year.

At Sticklepath, it would provide 60 new places, increasing capacity from 360 to 420 pupils.

Cabinet members will be told that Sticklepath is the only school serving the west of Barnstaple and an expansion plans has been agreed with the school.

The county’s head of planning, transport and environment, Dave Black, said in a report: “There are a number of areas in Devon where primary numbers continue to rise beyond the capacity of local schools.

“The proposals will support both demographic and housing growth.”

Mr Black said agreements are in place with developers to contribute to the cost of the work.

Devon County Council’s cabinet member for schools, James McInnes, added: “Our policy is to provide local schools for local children.

“Many communities across Devon are expanding and the county council has to ensure that there are sufficient school places for all the families who want them.

“We work closely with heads and governors on expansion plans like these and – in these times of austerity - it is vitally important that we secure sufficient contributions from developers to help cover the costs.”