Bigger classrooms and a management hub given planning consent at Orchard Vale Community School.

NORTH Devon Council has approved plans to extend Orchard Vale Community School in Barnstaple.

The 350-pupil primary school will now be able to extend the existing classrooms into the playground area.

It will also be able to create a new ‘management hub’ within the existing courtyard at the entrance of the school in Westacott Road.

The additional floor space is needed due to increased class sizes.

The school, which opened in 1999, does not intend to increase pupil or teaching numbers.

Earlier this year, the school installed enough solar panels to power the entire school on a clear day. During school holidays, any power produced is routed back into the national grid.