In 2002, after the Diner was shut down, School House became the new village church after Zoe Tate burned down the Original St Mary's Church when she was having a nervous breakdown. The land was consecrated when the school house was chosen. The current vicar is Harriet Finch.
School House was built in 1826 by the Verney family. It was Beckindale's school for many years and Jacob Sugden, his father and grandfather, Jim Gimbel, the Dingle and Merrick families and the rest of the Sugdens would all have been educated here.
1974-1979EditThe school was mentioned in 1973 in an episode but the exterior was first seen in late 1974. James Bonfils was a teacher there. He lodged at Emmerdale Farm. He left Beckindale in 1975 and the school was again seen in 1978 when Seth Armstrong was a boiler man there. Antony Moeketski was a supply teacher in 1978. The school closed in 1979 due to lack of pupils who were transferred to Hotten Comprehensive. The building stood unused and empty for the next 16 years.
Villager Kathy Glover bought the old school house and converted it into a tea rooms in 1995, finally breathing some life into the disused building. The tea rooms became a sort of rival to The Woolpack.
After nutty Zoe Tate burned down the church in 2002, the former diner was to be converted into a church. The ground was consecrated.