A college in Birmingham is undergoing a £500,000 extension in a bid to cope with demand for places.
Abbey College Birmingham, based in St Paul's Square in the Jewellery Quarter, is to expand by a third in a bid to provide a space to increase its pupil numbers from 150 to 190.
The fee-paying college attracts students from across the globe, with two thirds of its intake coming from overseas.
The college - for GCSE, A-level and International Business Foundation Programme students - is to extend into neighbouring buildings.
Work began last week on the project, which is set to be complete for September when its new cohort of students will arrive.
The £500,000 expansion also includes a refurbishment of its existing building, a new science laboratory and larger class rooms.
Principal Stephen Robinson said: "This extension will improve our already top quality learning environment and we are incredibly excited about the opportunities it will present when it opens in September.
"This significant investment strengthens our presence in this great city and will help us to deliver first rate educational facilities for both students and staff."
The news comes as the college held its annual awards ceremony to celebrate the work of both staff and students. Biology teacher Farzana Pervez was named ‘Unsung Hero' of 2015 for her microscopic attention to detail.
"Her extra-curricular activities at the college have been admirable and she also took on the role of leader of the student council," added Mr Robinson.
"During her three years at the college, she has encouraged students to raise money for local charitable causes and has organised some memorable college events such as the prom.
"Students are always confident that, in Farzana's care, they are in very capable hands."
The 30-year-old said she was "delighted" to accept the award, which was handed out by Birmingham's Lord Mayor Coun Shafique Shah at a ceremony.
Ms Pervez said: "I am honoured to have received this award and to have my passion for the college recognised."