A VILLAGE primary school is set to expand to match the growing population.

Three new classrooms, expanded nursery space and a two-court games hall are to be added to Gullane Primary School, subject to planning permission.

The school is home to about 214 pupils and also has roughly 30 nursery places.

But with hundreds of homes built or being built in the coastal village, demand for school places is expected to sharply increase.

The school building was opened in 1977 and currently has seven open-plan classrooms, along with a further two classrooms and a range of other facilities.

According to plans submitted to East Lothian Council: “The proposed extensions will increase the school’s capacity through the addition of three new classrooms, an expanded nursery space, additional administration facilities and a sportscotland-compliant two court games hall with associated changing facilities. The completed building will provide state of the art teaching and play facilities in line with the client’s brief as well as promoting energy efficiency through its design.

“The project is to reflect the standards commensurate with a modern school facility and provide a high quality environment that will inspire both staff and young people to achieve their full potential.”

The extension would lead to tarmacked areas of the playground being built on to become part of the new school buildings.

However, the large grass field to the south would remain “largely undisturbed” other than the relocation of the existing external basketball court.

If approved, the changes would also see the reconfiguration of the staff car park, with additional spaces created, including accessible parking provision and electric car charging points, as well as additional cycle storage.

The proposed nursery extension would have its own dedicated entrance, while an administration extension would be created next to the existing main entrance.

Three new classrooms would be formed at the north of the building, near the new games hall.