IT is good news for flood-prone Countess Gytha Primary School in Queen Camel after Somerset County Council approved yesterday a £14.5million package of capital investment for schools in the county.

New primary schools, classrooms, early years and pupil referral units were given the go ahead by Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Cllr John Osman, as part of plans to give Somerset children the best educational start in life.

Countess Gytha School in particular has cause to celebrate.

The school has flooded numerous times in its long history, but soon, this will become a thing of the past.

A total £2.75m has been allocated for a brand new 120-place school plus Early Years provision to be built on a new site within Queen Camel.

Cllr Osman said: “I am pleased to allocate over £14.5million to provide state-of–the-art facilities for our children.

"A number of new buildings are planned across the County and we will now be working closely with the schools, teachers, pupils and our partners to provide the resources they want."

In addition, £4.6m from the funds will be spent on high priority, high cost maintenance works across a number of schools, £1.2m to replace poor condition classrooms across the County and £750,000 on a replacement building for the Yeovil Centre, a pupil referral unit in Yeovil.

Cllr Osman has also given the thumbs up for completion of projects approved in previous years.

These include a replacement primary school in Highbridge, a new autism base in Taunton, new early years provision at Preston Primary School in Yeovil as well as new classrooms for Holy Trinity VA School, Yeovil; Christchurch First School, Frome and; Burnham-on-Sea infants.