Forest School leader Nicola Marray-Woods with Greenpark Avenue pupils. Pictures: Ian Burt

Pupils at a new school are still enjoying the great outdoors while they wait for their grounds to get established.

Greenpark Academy opened in North Lynn earlier this year but trees and shrubs in the grounds are yet to mature.

But this hasn’t stopped pupils getting close to nature as they have been able to use a nearby small wooded area for their outdoor learning and Forest School sessions.

 Headteacher Jill Graver said: “We were very lucky at our old school site to have a great area for Forest School, which the children absolutely loved, that provided an opportunity to learn out in the wild.  

“Our new grounds are currently very bare while we wait for the shrubs and trees to establish.  

“Thanks to the hard work of our year three teacher Ms Wright, Nicola Marray-Woods and other members of the King’s Lynn community, we have been able to continue to provide the same outdoor experience for our pupils using the fantastic environment we have around North Lynn.”

Greenpark received help from West Norfolk Council and the Gaywood Valley Conservation Group. 

 The council offered use of the diverse wooded area and prepared it while volunteers from the conservation group cleared litter.

 Class teacher Heidi Wright said: “It is such a fantastic space for our children to visit, their excitement and interest in nature and all the opportunities Forest School offers for them to explore has definitely been incredibly important this academic year – more than any before.”  

Children from years three and four, aged seven to nine, have been exploring the wood, creating natural artworks and going on bug hunts. 

Forest School leader, Nicola Marray-Woods, added:  “Having a wooded area of mature trees provides a greatly enriched experience for the children. 

“They are able to explore and discover all manner of plants and creatures. 

“Their delight in all they do is wonderful.”