A school where many children are currently forced to eat in their classrooms because the dining hall is too small is to benefit from a multi-million pound renovation.
Thorpe Hall Primary School in Hale End Road, Walthamstow, launched a campaign for a new dining hall in December 2011, collecting more than 4,000 signatures on a petition calling for £300,000 worth of funding from Waltham Forest Council.
And the authority is now set to spend millions of pounds on overhauling the design of the school.
Work, which is expected to begin shortly, will include a new kitchen and dining area by Christmas this year - and new classrooms, a library and a drama theatre by September next year.
Staff also hope to grow an orchard to provide the school's own food.
In addition the school will take on one additional reception class from September 2014, increasing the number of students at the school from around 500 to more than 700 by 2017.
Headteacher Paulette Houghton said: "It’s going to be brilliant. It’s hard to believe that before Christmas the dining hall and kitchen will be a reality.
"I’m really proud of all the people who have put effort into achieving this. Before we were getting meals delivered in but now there will even be a window in the playground for kids to look at their meals being prepared in the kitchen.
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