New Highland Council figures show that many Inverness schools will soon join Charleston Academy in exceeding 100 per cent capacity.
The numbers were released with a formal assessment stating the region has a sufficient supply of land to build new homes – which some say is the source of the problem to begin with.
Councillor Jimmy Gray said: “There are concerns right across Highland but particularly in Inverness about the capacity of our schools to deal with what we have got.
“We need to get bigger schools, get more schools, but in some areas we have got limited capacity in the existing school space to develop them. We have a big problem.
“How we are going to solve it I don’t really know right now but part of the solution is to get income whereby you get developer contributions. It is a dilemma.”
Councillor Isabelle MacKenzie agreed saying: “We have a very difficult situation, with schools in Milburn they have been projected at going over capacity for awhile now.
“And we are in a difficult position with Scottish Government insisting that we build so many thousands of homes.”