Plans to build a new primary school in south Newbury have been pushed back a year, with a sharp rise in construction costs being blamed.
Highwood Copse was supposed to open within the grounds of Newbury College in September 2018.
However West Berkshire Council announced on Monday that the start of building work had been postponed because of an increase in build costs from the appointed contractor.
As a result the council has set a new target opening date of the following September.
Lynne Doherty, the council’s executive member for education, said: “While this may come as a disappointment to some, we want to ensure that the school is ready and able to provide the very best education opportunities for our children.
“We also need to balance this with our duty to spend public money wisely and are taking professional advice to re-tender the contract to deliver the school at a cost closer to the original estimate.”
The planning application for the school was approved at the start of July to address the shortfall of primary places in the town.
But Cllr Doherty has insisted that there will be enough school places for children in September 2018 despite the delay to Highwood Copse.
She added: “We’re able to accommodate the predicted pupil numbers for September 2018 and therefore have time to go through the re-tendering process.
“In doing this, we will continue to work with Newbury College to deliver the school by September 2019 while ensuring the very best value for money for our residents.”