Children in Barking, East London, may have to study in a pub converted to classrooms after cuts by Education Secretary Michael Gove left a council desperately short of school places.
The Harrow pub could be converted to classrooms after ministers scrapped a 300-million-pound school building programme.
“The school places issues is a desperate situation for us and it is incredibly short-sighted of the Government to axe the schools building programme,” the Mirror quoted deputy leader of Barking and Dagenham council Rocky Gill, as saying.
“It would also have created jobs, particularly for young people, and acted as a boost to the economy,” he said.
Gill’s council - the worst hit in the country - is also looking at an old MFI warehouse, disused court house and shops left empty by recession.
Barking is even considering a split-shift system that would see kids educated for only half of the day or a three day week if more places are not found.
Around 35,000 children are now being educated at overcrowded primary schools nationally.
Many other areas are very badly affected, including large parts of inner London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.
Thousands of pupils are being squeezed into temporary classrooms including 260 in Manchester and 490 in Brent, North West London.
Brighton council is even looking at pupils being taught at a football stadium, in bingo halls or unused churches.