New classrooms costing £11.5 million will be built at eight Birmingham primary and infants schools to cope with the city’s record population boom.
The work will provide 1,771 additional places for children by the start of the September term.
Council bosses were forced to pay for emergency accommodation at scores of schools across Birmingham following a 21 per cent jump in the birth rate in seven years.
The latest work to be approved will involve building 51 new classrooms at eight schools.
They are: Audley Primary; Clifton Primary; Hodge Hill Juniors; Hall Green Infants; Moor Green; Paget; Park Hill; Robin Hood.
The council plans to spend at least £30 million on a three-stage project to deliver 10,000 additional primary school places by September 2012, with most of the money coming from an emergency Government grant.
Cabinet children’s member Les Lawrence said the new classrooms would be a “huge boost” to hard-hit local builders suffering in the economic gloom.
Coun Lawrence (Con Northfield) added: “We will do everything we can to make sure the building jobs created by this project are filled by local people.”
Labour councillors criticised the choice of some schools selected for enlargement, warning that they are on small sites and would become overcrowded.
But city children’s director Eleanor Brazil said a “dramatic” increase in the number of births left the council with no option but to build more classrooms.
Pressure on places has raised fears about the impact of huge so-called “Trojan” primary schools, with as many as 10 forms of entry each year.
Ms Brazil said: “The increase in births is, in the main, concentrated in areas which are already experiencing high pressure for school places, and where there is no spare capacity.”
She said additional demand for places was largely due to an influx of newly arrived residents in Birmingham and the failure of existing immigrant communities to move to other parts of the city after settling here.