A SCHOOL is set to start building an 'important' new block after it gained approval from planners.

Abingdon Prep School has secured planning permission from Vale of White Horse District Council, to build a new facility on site.

It will house a music school, a second science laboratory, purpose-built spaces for design and technology, and four additional classrooms for Year 6 and Year 7.

Building work will start during the summer holiday, and the development should be ready to open in autumn next year.

The all-boys' private school is located in Frilford, near Abingdon.

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The facility will allow for changes to some of the school's existing spaces, including a major expansion and refurbishment of the library and a new multi-use hall for younger pupils.

Computing, drama and learning support areas will also be revitalised.

Headmaster Craig Williams said: "We are very fortunate to have these new facilities, which will complement the excellent teaching we have here at Abingdon Prep.

"Music is an integral part of our curriculum and extra-curricular activities, and our new music school will encourage the boys to further their talents and passion.

"The new science lab is an important part of our ongoing development of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) teaching and will allow all the boys to experience science in a laboratory environment.

"I know the boys will make the most of the opportunities this new development brings."