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Dalston school leases part of building to charity which educates young people

PUBLISHED: 14:57 27 September 2016 | UPDATED: 14:58 27 September 2016

Members of the Royal London Society for Blind People with Halley House School pupils.

Members of the Royal London Society for Blind People with Halley House School pupils.

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A Dalston school looking to boost its numbers has leased part of its building to a charity that educates young people.

Staff and students at Halley House School will be sharing their Shacklewell Lane base with the Royal London Society for Blind People for the next three years after forming a partnership.

Halley House opened as a primary school in September last year, but will not be able to fully utilise the building until they reach pupil capacity – which is expected to be in 2021.

Claire Delaney is chair of trustees at Bellevue Place Education Trust, which gained approval from the Government to let an area of the building to the charity.

She said: “This is an exciting partnership, working with an inspiring education charity.

“The relationship means we can not only learn from their excellent work – we can also share facilities at a much lower rate, which we can use to invest into pupil and staff enrichment activities across the trust.”

The RLSB was founded in 1838 by Thomas Lucas who wanted to teach the blind children of London to read.

Now the charity has a goal of helping 7,000 blind and partially sighted young people and their families in London and the south east.

RLSB chief executive Dr Tom Pey said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Halley House School.

“Halley allows us the space to run our programmes with vision-impaired children and young people, many from north London, for the next three years or so, while our plans for new permanent offices are finalised.

“It is fitting that we will be based in a school when we ourselves have had a long association with education.

“Education has always been at the heart of the RLSB’s work since we were founded in the 19th century, but we now work with vision-impaired children and young people up to the age of 25 across a range of services that support and prepare them to be active citizens in a fast-moving modern society.”

For more information on the charity visit rslb.org.uk

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