A Chester independent school is increasing the size of its infant department.

Instead of one class, the reception cohort for September 2016 at The Queen’s School in Liverpool Road will consist of two classes, currently of either 14 or 15 pupils.

Both classes will have a teacher with expertise at infant-level and a dedicated teaching assistant.

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Head of the lower school Rachel Cookson said: “This year we not only saw a large rise in interest at our autumn open morning and for entrance assessments but we also saw many more pupils who were the perfect fit for the ethos our school; girls who, despite their very young age, were bright, kind and interested in the world around them.

“As a school we have recently invested heavily in – and we will continue to develop - our infrastructure, ensuring the capacity to grow in this way. The decision to expand was therefore a very simple one.

“I am very excited by what the future holds for Queen’s and for the outstanding opportunities we can now offer to even more pupils.”