A Weston-super-Mare special school has been given the go-ahead to expand to meet a "desperate" need in North Somerset.
Westhaven is the only school in the south of the district for children with complex learning difficulties and currently takes 120 pupils aged seven to 16.
Finding somewhere for the first three years of education causes real struggles for parents so the Ellesmere Road school will swell to 138 spaces and start taking children as young as four.
Councillor Catherine Gibbons, who is responsible for children’s services and lifelong learning, told Wednesday’s executive meeting there was a shortage of SEND provision in North Somerset.
“This school has worked tirelessly to offer an excellent provision for our children," she said.
“They have identified the need to extend the age range. It will provide 12 new key stage one places.
"This has been a problem for parents with younger children. It’s been a considerable difficulty.
“Demand is increasing. The cohort has grown by 40 per cent since 2015. We have an ongoing need.”