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Midlands school builds classrooms to stop overcrowding

Mobile classrooms at Perryfields High School Photo: ITV Central

Perryfields High School, in Oldbury, now has enough classrooms for their 1200 students.

It was promised £18.5 million as part of the Building Schools for the Future scheme.

With that money, it planned to build a new teaching block and restore old ones.

But, that scheme was scrapped last year.

The proposed plans for the new school block Credit: ITV Central

The school was originally built for 550 pupils in the 1950s but with more than 1200 students attending the school in 2012, they had to hire 4 mobile classrooms to accommodate their increasing numbers.

Pupils learning in the cramped mobile classrooms Credit: ITV Central

Earlier this year Perryfields borrowed £1million from Sandwell Council to build 28 new classrooms.

Most of the building work took place over the summer holiday, taking 22 weeks, and now students are learning in the new rooms.

The school playing fields before the revamp Credit: ITV Central

The school also used some the money to landscape a multi use games area for pupils to play sport and relax. This is on the ground where the old porter cabin classrooms used to be.

They were only meant to be a temporary measure but had been in place for 25 years.

"It has breathed new life into the school and given staff a much needed morale boost to push forward and increase on yet another years excellent exam results."

– Dai Meredith, Head Teacher