Hi-tech log cabin puts children online

Joseph Bulmer

A STATE-of-the-art computer building resembling a log cabin was officially opened at Landkey Primary School on Friday.

The new ICT suite in a building by Barnstaple-based company Lodgico holds a suite of 30 computer terminals and a teachers’ whiteboard. Costing �82,000, it has been financed by the school’s own fund raising efforts and from its capital funding.

It was to have been opened on Friday by North Devon MP Nick Harvey. But with Mr Harvey unable to be present, the ribbon cutting was carried out by head girl Chyanne Samat and head boy Ben Hookway.

Inside the building, chairman of governors Neil Hookway opened a ‘virtual curtain’ on the whiteboard to unveil a plaque illustration beneath.

The new building replaces a small ICT suite inside the main school, which could only cater for six pupils at a time – but now whole classes can be taught together. The school has even redesigned its timetable to ensure every child gets a minimum of at least two hours per week using the new computer facilities.

The opening of the new facilities comes hot on the heels of an outstanding Ofsted report for the 170-pupil village school.

Of 23 areas inspected, Landkey had been awarded ‘outstanding’ in 22 and ‘good’ in the other. This has made it the highest rated school in Devon.