THREE schools are planning to build much-needed extra classrooms to help cope with demand.

Hanley Castle High School and Kempsey Primary School are both looking for permission to build extensions to accommodate the growing number of pupils in the area.

Prince Henry’s High School in Evesham is also looking to demolish a number of decaying mobile classrooms and to replace them with a new two-storey art and design technology block.

Hanley Castle High School already has planning permission to build two classrooms but has now decided it needs to build four to cover the increase in demand.

The space for four new classrooms would be made by extending the school’s current humanities building. The school’s kitchen and dining hall would also be extended.

Kempsey Primary School also plans to expand by building a new single-storey block with two new classrooms. The new block would be an extension to a stand-alone three-classroom block off the school’s main building.

A disused garage would also be demolished and replaced with three new car parking spaces for the extra staff.

Prince Henry’s High School was granted permission to build a new three-storey block in 2016 but has had to review the plans after only securing enough government funding to build a two-storey block.

Two mobile classrooms, which have a long and costly list of defects, would be demolished to make way for the new design, art and food technology block.

The temporary classrooms were said to be “at the end of their economic life” by Worcestershire County Council as far back as 2010 and the poor state of the structures are proving expensive to run for the oversubscribed school.

School inspectors have already said more than 40 per cent of the buildings at Prince Henry’s are in urgent need of refurbishment.

The decaying buildings are uninsulated making heating expensive, have single-glazed windows which suffer from excessive condensation and the roof regularly leaks.

The current technology block, which was built almost 70 years ago, would be demolished with the classrooms moving into the new two-storey block.