A MUDDY footpath that has been the only route for walking parents and pupils to get to a new school near Kidderminster is being repaired.

Remedial works will be carried out to temporarily improve sections of the rural public footpath that leads to the £4 million Chaddesley Corbett Primary School following anger from parents and residents.

The school opened last month but parents and children have been left battling with conditions likened to a festival mudbath in order to get to lessons as it was built with no pedestrian footpath.

Worcestershire County Council said it would be working with Chaddesley Corbett county councillor Stephen Clee, the school and the landowner to bring the footpath to a “suitable standard”.

A meeting will also be held to plan for a more permanent solution.

Work on the path will take place during the Christmas and New Year holiday period to improve the route for pupils and parents returning in January.

It will include temporary improvements to the more muddy sections of the path until a more permanent solution can be found.

Councillor Clee said: “I'm delighted that short-term improvement work will take place, as I requested, during the Christmas break, as this will minimise disruption to pupils trying to access the school and will be ready for when they return for the new term in January.”

Rachael Homer, deputy head teacher, said: “We are working closely with the county council and I am really pleased that improvements work will soon be undertaken to make access to our school easier.

"Looking to the future, we welcome working with them and the governors to secure a longer term solution.”