One of Sutton's most over-subscribed primary schools has been given the green-light to expand, providing much-needed extra school places.

Sutton Council’s development control committee gave planning permission to expand All Saints Church of England School in Carshalton.

The school will now increase from one to two forms of entry, providing 30 more places for children.

Chair of Governors, Reverend Dr John Thewlis said: "We are grateful that our school has been given this opportunity to serve even more local families.

"We try very hard to support our children, and to give them the best education we can. The extra places will help us do all that even better."

Councillor Kirsty Jerome, executive member for education and schools, said: "This is great news for parents of young children in Carshalton.

"All Saints is a very popular school and, with rising demand for primary school places across the borough, it’s absolutely crucial we are able to provide places for children at local schools.

"Of course these children will all need secondary school places in the coming years, and I am continuing to lobby the Department for Education for more funding to make sure we can continue to provide permanent school places as the pupils move up through the schools."

A council traffic survey has revealed nearby roads will be able to cope with the projected increase in traffic the extra pupils will cause.

At present around 80 per cent of pupils walk or cycle to the school. Sutton saw the highest increase in birth rates in London between 2008 and 2009.

Another four schools will expand in time for the start of the school year in September, providing a further 120 extra places.

Sutton’s primary schools celebrated some of the best SATs results in the country last year, coming third in the national league tables.