Plans to open a new school have been put back for a whole year.

North Yorkshire County Council had hoped to see the first children in the classrooms in September 2023.

But now it has announced the new Northallerton primary school won't be open until September 2024.

When open, it will serve families who will live in the North Northallerton Development Area.

But delays in the development's construction mean that the site of the school has yet to be transferred to the county council's control, though that was due to happen several months ago.

Stuart Carlton, the council's director for children and young people’s services, said: “We have therefore taken the difficult, but necessary, decision to delay opening by one year. We have liaised closely with Dales Academies Trust on this, and we are very pleased that they remain committed to working in partnership with us.

“We continually assess local pupil numbers and they are not currently rising by the previously projected rate, which means that we see the availability of school places to be a manageable situation in the interim period before the new school opens.

"We will of course keep this under review.

"The school will be a state-funded academy, in line with Department for Education guidance and Dales Academies Trust has been appointed by the Department for Education to run the new primary free school on opening.