New ‘green’ classroom will be cool AND cosy in Gaywood

Rising pupil numbers and demand for places at Howard Junior School in Gaywood has led to the opening of a £195,000 new classroom

The eco-friendly extension has been named the Taylor Suite after the school’s long-serving former chairman of governors, Tony Taylor, who performed the official opening.

The school was graded good by Ofsted in March and pupil behaviour was recognised as excellent. Headteacher Gregory Hill said its SAT results were also excellent and more parents wanted to enrol their children.

Pupil numbers had risen from about 140 earlier this year to more than 160 this term.

Mr Hill said: “The children love the air conditioning in the new classroom. It’s fantastic for learning in the summer.”

New ‘green’ classroom will be cool AND cosy in Gaywood

The extension was funded by Norfolk County Council. Schools cabinet member Mick Castle said: “It’s a green building thanks to being heated and cooled by air source pumps, which will make it cosy in winter and cool in summer. We hope the teachers and children will be very comfortable in their new accommodation.”

Mr Castle said the council was investing £33 million over two years to create extra capacity in schools to meet anticipated rising demand due to higher birth rates.