Chingford Features

Old London bus turned into Chingford school library

An old London bus has found a new lease of life in Chingford
By Victoria Munro

Students Ava and Finn on the new learning bus
Students Ava and Finn on the new learning bus

A former London bus has a new life as a library at a Chingford primary school.

Parkside Primary School in Wellington Avenue opened the new library bus this academic year after noticing “gaps” in students’ reading.

The revamped bus had its wheels removed and shelves for the books fitted, while new non-slip flooring was donated free of charge by retailer Flooring Superstore.


This story is published by Waltham Forest Echo, Waltham Forest's free monthly newspaper and free news website. We are a not-for-profit publication, published by a small social enterprise. We have no rich backers and rely on the support of our readers. Donate or become a supporter.


Parkside Primary School Head of Reading Lara Batley said: “We had noticed some gaps in our children’s reading and so we set out to instil a new love of reading.

“The bus caught the children’s attention as soon as it arrived, and they waited excitedly for us to do the work internally so they could start using it… they love it.”

The school was last inspected by Ofsted in 2017 and given the second-highest “good” rating.

Inspectors noted students are “polite, well behaved and love learning” and that the Parkside motto ‘Proud to Shine’ “runs through every aspect of [the] school”.


No news is bad news 

Independent news outlets like ours – reporting for the community without rich backers – are under threat of closure, turning British towns into news deserts. 

The audiences they serve know less, understand less, and can do less. 

In celebration of Indie News Week, Public Interest News Foundation's Indie News Fund will match fund all donations, including new annual supporter subscriptions for the month of June.

If our coverage has helped you understand our community a little bit better, please consider supporting us with a monthly, yearly or one-off donation. 

Choose the news. Don’t lose the news.

Monthly direct debit 

Annual direct debit

£5 per month supporters get a digital copy of each month’s paper before anyone else, £10 per month supporters get a digital copy of each month’s paper before anyone else and a print copy posted to them each month.  £50 annual supporters get a digital copy of each month's paper before anyone else.

Donate now with Pay Pal

More information on supporting us monthly or annually 

More Information about donations