THE Bishop of Taunton has officially opened a new £7.3million school in Somerton.

The Rt Rev Ruth Worsley carried out the honours at the new King Ina Church of England Academy this week,

The new primary school can accommodate up to 420 pupils and 52 early years children, with 14 classrooms, a pre-school, a school hall, a production kitchen, sports pitches and a multi-use games area.

The premises has allowed the pre-school, infant and junior schools to merge onto one site.

The facilities, designed and built by BAM Construction, feature innovative design and construction techniques to ensure the school has strong environmental credentials.

Plans for the school to open in September 2020 were delayed due to archaeologists uncovering evidence of an Iron Age settlement at the site ahead of construction.