People are being asked to have their say on a proposed expansion and change of age range at a Clitheroe school.

The proposal would see Ribblesdale High School become a provision for both primary and secondary school pupils - becoming an all through school for children aged four to 16.

If agreed, the change will take effect from September 2023 with, over time, 210 primary school places being offered at the school.

If the change goes ahead, the primary places would be provided in new accommodation at a neighbouring school site located at Higher Standen Farm.

County Councillor Jayne Rear, cabinet member for education and skills, said: "I am really keen that people take part in this consultation and share their views about this proposal."

"The county council is responsible for making sure that we have enough high-quality school places available to meet demand.

"We have extended existing schools in the area, but future expected developments, plus an increase in the birth rate, means we need to consider how further primary places could be provided."

A site for the provision of additional primary school places has been secured in a Section 106 agreement between the county council, Ribble Valley Borough Council and the landowner, Higher Standen Trustees.

The building for the new school would be provided by the county council and be partly funded through contributions from the housing development contributions.

The informal consultation will run from Monday, June 28 until July 23, 2021, at 5pm.

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