A South Woodford primary school will see the introduction of an additional reception class next year to address the school place crisis in the borough.

The fourth reception class will be introduced at Nightingale Primary School, in Ashbourne Avenue, in October 2015, following a request from the council.

The Department of Education has said an extra 4,000 school places must be found in four years – the equivalent of eight new schools.

A letter to Nightingale parents from interim headteacher Elizabeth Bradshaw, said: “The school will be fully funded to employ sufficient staff for the additional pupils, all the way through to Year 6.”

Councillor Elaine Norman, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "I am extremely grateful to the Governing body of Nightingale Primary for agreeing to this expansion, thus providing local places for local children.

"The Labour administration is committed to providing school places for all our children and young people and will always aspire to provide these locally where possible."

For more on this story see this week's Wanstead and Woodford Guardian - out on Thursday.