School using toilets and cupboards for classrooms due to overcrowding

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Children are being taught in toilets and cupboards in North East schools due to overcrowding, it has emerged.

One Northumberland school is turning pupils away and being forced to teach children in make-shift classrooms, including the garden shed.

Central First School in Ashington, which bought a double decker bus on eBay for use as a temporary classroom last year, is finding new means of teaching its ever-growing pupil population.

Principal David Godfrey said:

“We’ve had to turn toilets and cupboards into working spaces.

“We’ve had to turn structures outside into working areas for displaying artwork and for teaching the STEM subjects.

“We have a very good reputation as a school and we’re full to capacity. Regrettably we’re having to turn pupils away.”

The news comes as parents rush to meet the deadline for primary school applications this week.

However, more than 80 schools across the North East are overcrowded.

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