A pioneering £7 million primary school will officially open in Hartlepool today and teachers have revealed they are "delighted" with their new working environment.
The state-of-the-art education centre is pioneering many cutting-edge practices, which primary school teachers at the establishment believe will allow them to greatly improve the quality of education children receive.
Gone are traditional elements of a school such as corridors and rows of desks, and in comes a central 'heart' around which classrooms are located and 'innovative furniture' more conducive to learning.
Laptops and iPads will also play a prominent role in teaching methods, while 'snug areas' have been created for quiet study time. A yurt and an amphitheatre have also been created outside, complementing the new water features and storytelling tree.
The new single-storey Jesmond Gardens Primary School replaces the tired Jesmond Road Primary School and will teach 315 children plus those in nursery.
Head teacher Jane Loomes explained: "We have used the very latest best practice in teaching methods and design, moving away from the traditional, formal school layout to create a more relaxed and cosy feel."
Making children relaxed and comfortable means that their ability to learn is greatly improved, she added.