Dalston school may be temporarily rehoused in church under plans to rebuild it with seven stories of flats above it

Dalston Methodist Church in Richmond Road.

Dalston Methodist Church in Richmond Road. - Credit: Archant

A primary school will be demolished and rebuilt with seven storeys of flats above it under plans to double the number of pupils.

The groundbreaking plans mean that the new building will have 10 floors and comprise a three storey school, a rooftop playground and seven levels containing 101 flats to fund the expansion.

Proposals to double the intake of Holy Trinity Church of England primary school in Beechwood Road, Dalston, mean pupils will be in temporary accommodation for two and a half years.

Around 223 pupils from the school may be rehoused in Dalston Methodist Church in Richmond Road, Dalston from September 2013 until September 2015.

A public consultation on plans to move into the church ended on Tuesday.

The council say they will make a decision in May, so work to prepare the building and build five temporary classrooms, new hard landscaping, cycle storage and a 1.8 metre fence have yet to commence.

The idea was mooted to parents during a 25-day consultation by Hackney Learning Trust last November.

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In the consultation document, it said the council is undertaking the expansion due to a shortage of reception year school places and also because the governors were considering the possibility of providing places for two-year-olds.

Headteacher Yvonne Barnet, said: “We have been carrying out consultations and meetings with parents up until last weekend.

‘‘The response by parents has been overwhelmingly positive.

“They have been really positive about the move.

“By moving all the children from the site, it shortens the building time by nine months. That’s going to have a much more positive impact on the children and the school.”

Ms Barnet added: “The new building will be brand new and purpose built. It will have state-of-the-art sports facilities.”

She said that children’s eduction would not be affected by the move.

Currently the school admits 30 children every year, and under expansion plans the school would admit 60 pupils per year over a period of seven years from September 2015 – bringing the entire school population up to 460 children.