PLANS for a new 420-pupil school in Somerset have been revealed.

A proposal to build the new facility in Somerton will be unveiled to parents and the local community at a special consultation event next month.

Somerset County Council is consulting on a proposal to build the 14-class primary school, which will replace both the existing King Ina Academy sites, at Etsome Terrace and School Lane.

The school will include a double nursery and will be built on council-owned land off Northfields.

Contractor BAM Construction has been awarded the contract and the planning application will be submitted to South Somerset District Council in February 2019.

The aim is to open the school by September 2020.

Cabinet member for education and transformation at the county council, Faye Purbrick, said: “This is a much-needed replacement school to serve Somerton for generations to come.

“The existing sites are at capacity and cannot accommodate the growing needs of the town and surrounding villages.

“We want to meet local people and hear their views on the proposal – they will see artist’s impressions of the school and be able to ask officers about the details, as well as registering written comments on a response form.

“We’d encourage as many parents and local residents as possible to come and along and see this exciting proposal for themselves."

The consultation evening takes place at King Ina Junior Academy on January 31, from 3.15pm to 6.30pm.