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Last Updated: Thursday March 06 2008 06:54 GMT

Cool new school has 'best design'

Devonshire Primary School

How do you fancy swapping tatty school books and cold classrooms for covered play decks and laptop computers?

That's what pupils at Devonshire Primary in Blackpool, in the north west of England, have done after their old school burned down five years ago.

Pupils were asked what the new school should be like and now the finished building has won an award for being the best designed primary school in the UK.

As well as having the latest equipment, it's also environmentally friendly.

Everything that can be, is recycled, pupils can check up on how much energy they're using, and even the rainwater is reused... In the toilets!

Inside the new classrooms
Pupils use laptops in class instead of traditional computers
The building is based on the design of a bee-hive, with classrooms and sheltered play decks on the same levels.

It's been a big hit with pupils who say they love having classrooms that look more like internet cafes and play areas that are kitted out like mini gyms.

The school even has a roof garden, with a pond and weather station for science lessons.

Nine-year-old Andrew said: "I like it because it's bigger and brighter and it's saving a lot of energy as well."

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