A village school has got the green light to update its premises.

Cumberworth CE First School has got the go-ahead for plans to add a new purpose-built hall to its Grade II listed 19th century building.

A report submitted to Kirklees Council planners said: “The submitted proposals reflect the school’s requirements to address the existing lack of internal space in the school and provide additional facilities for Out of Hours and community use.

“The proposed new hall extension has been designed to provide a sympathetic addition to the school without detracting from its historic integrity.

“The new hall will provide the required indoor assembly and PE provision for the school to deliver the current curriculum.

“It will provide a space for use by the whole school”.

Headteacher, Simon Sloan, said they were “delighted” to get the thumbs-up and said a lot of work had gone into making the design sympathetic to the listed part of the school.

He said: “It will make a big difference to our children, and that’s the main thing.

“It will enable us to teach P.E. much better and it will give us much more space for events. We currently have none for that kind of thing.”

Mr Sloan said they hoped to secure funding for the project soon and begin construction this summer.

Drawings show the new hall will have a double pitched roof and will be linked to the existing building with a glazed corridor.

The extension to the right-hand-side of the current building will involve the loss of some playing areas.

The school in Cumberworth Lane dates back to 1820, with an extension built in the late 19th century.

It was built as a National School.