A centre which provides schooling for pupils who have been expelled has expanded beyond its means.

Attendance at the Woodside education Centre, in Main Road, Colden Common, has grown so much that county education bosses have ordered two new temporary classrooms.

They also set aside nearly £200,000 to permanently re-house the centre on the site of the former Tankerville School, in Eastleigh. Education chiefs will submit a bid to the Department of Education and Skills for the rest of the £1.4m needed to complete the transfer.

The centre provides education for year 10 and 11 pupils - aged 15 to 16 - who have been permanently excluded from their schools.

It currently takes up to 25 pupils, but numbers are steadily rising since the Government announced last September that education authorities must provide expelled children will full-time schooling.