The Limes Primary Academy opened its doors to its pupils in September 2018. The Limes is one of Suffolk’s newest primary schools and is part of the REAch2 Academy Trust, the largest primary-only academy trust in the country.
The school is situated at the heart of the Woods Meadow development and serves the community of Oulton and surrounding area. The Limes offers 60 places in Reception and will continue to grow year on year with a new intake of Reception pupils. Over time, the school will have places for 420 children. There is also a purpose-built pre-school on site offering nursery places for children aged 3 and above.
The Grand Opening was held on Tuesday 27th November with REAch2 Chief Executive, Sir Steve Lancashire, officially opening the school during a ceremony attended by local headteachers, parents, representatives from the Department for Education, members of the local community and representatives from Suffolk County Council, Concertus Design & Property Consultants and Barnes Construction, the teams responsible for delivering the school.
Following an introduction and welcome from the headteacher, Mrs Kate Cracknell, the pupils from The Limes performed the REAch2 Song and recited a poem they wrote collectively for the occasion about their school and how they are going to help it grow. The school was then officially opened by Sir Steve Lancashire and guests were offered the opportunity to join staff for guided tours of the building and its facilities.
Headteacher Kate Cracknell said: “The Grand Opening is a chance to celebrate together and to thank all of those who have worked so hard in the construction and opening of our wonderful new school. My team and I now look forward to developing an outstanding provision, ‘Growing Learners for Life’ as a hub of this growing community.”
Sir Steve Lancashire, Founder and CEO of REACh2 said: “I am absolutely delighted to be formally opening The Limes today, and my huge congratulations to everyone who has worked so hard to create this beautiful new school. At REAch2, we are passionate about every single one of our academies providing children with exceptional opportunities to learn, and I have every confidence that Kate Cracknell and her team are already delivering exactly that, here at The Limes and will do for years to come.”
Councillor Gordon Jones, Cabinet Member for Health, Well Being and Children’s Services, congratulated the teams involved in establishing the school, thanking Waveney District Council, in particular, for its help and support throughout the project. Cllr Jones said: “This school has come into being because of strong partnerships and a shared aim to provide the best education we can for children and young people in our county. We look forward to working with Reach2 as the school grows to meet the needs of this new community.”