Walthamstow primary school collects more than 3000 signitures for new dining hall

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Children in the small dining hall at Thorpe Hall Primary School Children in the small dining hall at Thorpe Hall Primary School

THOUSANDS have expressed their support for a school which is campaigning for a new dining hall because pupils cannot fit in the existing one.

Teachers and parents with children at Thorpe Hall Primary School in Hale End Road, Walthamstow, are spearheading the campaign and have collected 3,200 signatures on a petition.

It calls on Waltham Forest Council to hold a meeting to discuss the school’s plight.

A petition with 4,000 signatures automatically prompts a debate by full council.

The current hall is so small that some pupils have to eat their lunch in classrooms.

There is also not enough room for meals to be prepared on site.

An estimated £325,000 is needed to build a new multi-purpose hall which would provide a dining area and a community hall.

The school, which took on an extra form of entry last year, currently has 500 pupils.

They have written to famous people, including the Queen, David Cameron, Boris Johnson, Jamie Oliver and Delia Smith, to highlight their plight.

David Hoskins, chairman of Friends of Thorpe Hall, said: “For a school of 500 pupils it is a huge achievement to collect this many signatures and it shows real community spirit.

“We hope that the council will help to provide the hall we need, but we may also use the help of grants and community fundraising.”

The school recently held a competition for pupils to design a banner that would hang at the front of the school to promote their cause.

The winning banner will be unveiled on tomorrow (February 7).

Mr Hoskins added: “The banner reads ‘By the community for the community’ and that’s what this is about.”

To sign the petition visit www.haleendhall.com.

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