A NEW £2 million classroom block will be built at Tenbury High School.

The scheme, which has yet to be formally announced by Worcestershire County Council, will be a major development for the school that was built in 1951.

It is believed that the new teaching facility will replace temporary buildings.

Tenbury High School has more than 400 students and underwent a refurbishment two years ago. But the teaching block will mark a major improvement to the school.

The project is expected to cost £2 million, with the majority of this coming from county council funds – although the school is likely to provide a top-up.

Headteacher Stuart Cook told the Advertiser that he was unable to give any further details as the project is being led by the county council.

It had been hoped that work could begin as soon as April but this is now unlikely as plans are still being finalised and will need to be approved by Malvern Hills District Council.

Details are being thrashed out but eight new classrooms are envisaged with the intention that they will be used for the teaching of English and maths.

There is also expected to be accommodation for seminar rooms, offices and toilets as well as a courtyard area where students will be able to socialise.

A refurbished and extended dining area was opened at the school a year ago, three months ahead of schedule, at a cost of £300,000.