New figures reveal 93 school buildings in the north-east have fallen below suitable standards.
The rankings, published annually by the Scottish Government, reveal 50 – which is a third of primary schools in Aberdeenshire – are rated “poor” on suitability.
In both the city and in Aberdeenshire a total of 87 schools – primary, secondary and special – were ranked as below satisfactory in terms of the suitability of the buildings.
Schools were measured on the extent to which the building and its grounds are appropriate, looking at factors including space and facilities in the school.
Four secondary schools in Aberdeenshire are also ranked “poor” on this criteria – Aboyne, Banchory, Inverurie and Peterhead academies.
The Scottish Government said schools graded “poor” on their suitability show “major problems” with the buildings “impeding” the delivery of activities at the schools.
In Aberdeen, one primary school, the existing Stoneywood School, was rated “bad” .
However, a new Stoneywood School is set to reopen after the summer holidays.
A further 18 primary schools in the city were rated “poor” on suitability, including Ferryhill and Walker Road, out of a total of 48.
Angela Wigham, chairwoman of Ferryhill Parent Council, said the suitability of the building is a “continued concern”.
She added: “It’s one of the key concerns we have.
“It’s a 140-year-old building and it’s far from suitable. The staff can’t all fit in the staffroom.
“Every classroom is utilised, we don’t have any spare space.
“They have a communal room but it’s not the sort of space you’d find in a modern school.”
Kathleen McGhee, chairwoman of Walker Road Parent Council, said “everyone is aware” of the overcrowding in certain primary schools.
She added:“But unfortunately due to the age of the building there is no long-term solution.
“Hopefully when the new primary school hub is built on the existing Torry Academy site, this will ease the pressures currently experienced.
“However, I would like to point out that the teaching staff do a brilliant job in utlilising the current space available with plans to do more in this area after the summer break.”
Councillors signed off on plans last year to build a new primary school on the site of Torry Academy, which is expected to open in time for the 2020/21 academic year.
Eight secondary schools in Aberdeen were also graded as “poor” on this criteria.
Meanwhile, the statistics also rate the region’s schools on their condition, including the fabric of the building, with six schools in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire falling short of satisfactory standards.
Two primary schools in the city were rated as “poor”, Stoneywood (closing this year) and St Peter’s RC.
This means the schools have “major defects”, such as repairs required, while those listed as bad are at risk of failure.
Meanwhile, schools with a good condition status are “performing well” and those rated satisfactory are performing “adequately”, but showing minor deterioration. No secondary schools in Aberdeen are graded “poor” or “bad”, with two achieving a “good” rating and 10 falling under “satisfactory”.
In Aberdeenshire, New Deer School is the only building which falls within the “poor category”, out of a total of 151 primary schools with two academies, Inverurie and Peterhead, also rated as poor of the 17 secondary schools in the region.
However, work is under way to build a new Inverurie Community Campus on the site of the current school with plans in place to create a new £71 million school in Peterhead, scheduled to open between 2023 and 2028.
Councillor John Wheeler, education operational delivery convener, said: “Education is a huge priority for us and these figures have to be taken in context of the multi-million investment Aberdeen City Council has made in our education estate in recent years including £60 million on two brand new schools.
“In terms of individual schools, Stoneywood School will be moving into its brand new building in August, which is rated A for condition and suitability and we have also spent £47 million on the new Lochside Academy which will also open for the new school year.
“We are currently working on options for St Peter’s School to address concerns about the condition of the building.
“Cordyce School has, of course, now closed along with Hazlewood School.
“In the latter case, pupils moved in August 2017 to the new £18.5 million Orchard Brae School, recognised as a centre of excellence and rated A for condition and suitability.
“The Hazelwood building is undergoing refurbishment prior to it being put back into use later this year.
“We are committed to providing the best possible educational environments for our children and young people.”