Children show their log cabin. Picture: Tony Jones.

Youngsters at a Gaywood School are enjoying the benefits of having a unique place to learn.

A new log cabin has been installed at the Howard Infant and Nursery School.

The eco-friendly facility, worth around £150,000, was officially opened last week.

Deputy head Judy Kerr said the purchase has come after many years of careful budgeting.

“We were looking for a multi-purpose facility which can be used by children and adults and is a comfortable space.”

Miss Kerr said they wanted to add something different to the school’s learning environment, rather than the usual class mobile.

“We absolutely wanted something different – where people want to go,” she said.

“We have designed it to promote well-being. It’s a very calm space and the light just floods in through the windows.”

Miss Kerr said the school was able to tweak the original log cabin design to make it as green as possible.

“It is double-insulated and it’s surrounded by lots of green space.”

The facility has a large open space, toilets, kitchenette and intervention rooms.

The latter can be used for health professionals visiting the school or an area for them to work with staff and pupils.

“The intervention rooms can be used for teaching pupils one-to-one or small groups,” Miss Kerr added.

Staff have officially named the log cabin, The Marguerite Suite, named after the school’s longest-serving governor, Marguerite Wright.

Miss Kerr explained: “She has been involved with the school for more than 20 years, she thinks it’s spectacular it has been named after her.”