Greek school gets new Leeds home

NEW HOME: Families outide the house which will become a Greek cultural and language school. PIC: Simon Hulme
NEW HOME: Families outide the house which will become a Greek cultural and language school. PIC: Simon Hulme
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An End-terrace property in Chapeltown is to be transformed into a Greek school after plans were approved by council bosses.

The house - which used to be a business - on Avenue Crescent will be the new home of the Three Hierarchs Greek Orthodox Church’s Greek School.

The school was set up, along with the church, 55 years ago and over the past few years has been forced to meet in portable huts in the church’s community hall’s car park.

Its new home is directly over the road from the church and community hall and chairman Barry Paschali said the children are “absolutely delighted” to be moving out of the cabins.

“We are very happy because we can now upgrade this house and improve it and make it safe for the children,” he said.

The plans were approved at the recent North East Plans Panel where councillors were told concerns had been raised about increased traffic and parking.

But the panel heard there would be no increase in either staff or pupils as a result of relocating the church and the plans were passed with the condition to cap the number of pupils at 55. The school teaches the Greek language to pupils aged from five upwards, with student able to sit GCSEs and A-levels. It also teaches Greek culture, including dancing, singing and cookery.

Mr Paschali said: “It’s vitally important because for some families it’s the first time their children start to hear Greek. And not just the children make friends, the adults do too, which is very important for community cohesion.

“People have a reason to come into the community and they feel they belong and get support and help.”

The plans allow the school to open Saturdays and weekday evenings from 4-8pm.

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