AN ANDOVER school has put forward an application to erect a ‘tipi classroom’ in an unused playing field.

Balsksbury County School, on Floral Way, hopes to make use of its currently unused junior school playing field by putting up a tipi , a type of tent, which it would use as an outdoor classroom.

The tipi would be erected by a professional company, on wooden base, and covered in waterproof, fire-treated canvas fabric. It would be 8.4 metres in diameter and 6.3 metres high.

It would be nine sided, meeting at a point at the top, and be used by a maximum of 30 pupils at a time, with teacher supervision.

Members of Andover Town Council’s planning committee offered no objection to the proposals, with Cllr Luigi Gregori commenting: “I think it’s a brilliant idea! I fully support it.”

The proposal will now be considered by Test Valley Borough Council.

The school's main building was built in 1966, with various extensions built between 1999-2003.

It currently has 349 pupils.