Plans to scrap middle schools in Suffolk have suffered a setback after a colony of newts delayed the opening of a new secondary school.
The 900-pupil Pakefield High School in Lowestoft will now not open until 2012, because the endangered creatures were found on the proposed site.
The school had been due to open in September 2011 as part of plans to replace middle schools across Suffolk.
But Graham Newman, the county council's portfolio-holder for children, schools and young people's services, said: "It's not good news, but it is totally unavoidable.
"We've been told that we should be able to get the building ready by September 2012.
"In the meantime, we have to satisfy all of our environmental obligations and an alternative home has to be found for the newts." IB.