Gainsborough Primary School
|Type||Community primary school|
|Headteacher||Mrs Clare Pike|
|DfE URN||100225 Tables|
It was opened in 1899 as an elementary school by the London School Board (its opening-year plaque is still displayed as a carving on the frontage facing the road) when it was called Berkshire Road School - its name was changed after the Second World War to Gainsborough Primary School. It still occupies its original three storey late Victorian buildings and is a major historic landmark in Hackney Wick - one of the very few old buildings to survive the wave of redevelopment of the 1950s and 60s. It was the closest operating school to the Olympic Park during the London 2012 Olympic Games.
I don't think this description is correct.
I used to go to Gainsborough Primary School in the 1960s. At that time the school was located in an area that was due for demolition to make way for the Trowbridge Estate (mentioned in Hackney Wick).
The kids and the teachers packed the school up and we moved to the empty Berkshire Road school building. I think Berkshire Road was a secondary school that had closed some time before this.
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