Every child at Lime Tree Primary School in Reigate got to enjoy the feeling of being top of the class recently as the school passed its first Ofsted inspection with flying colours.
Lime Tree Primary was opened by the GLF schools in September 2013, and having had government inspectors pay their first visit in May of this year, it is now officially able to describe itself as being a good school with outstanding features.
“Schools are such organic, closely knit places that creating one from a blank canvas has been a really exciting challenge,” said head teacher Jo Newton, “so to be given so much official approval and encouragement for all the work that everyone has put in so far should
be a real source of pride for everyone associated with Lime Tree Primary School, be they staff, children or parents.”
The official government report noted Miss Newton’s ‘strong leadership and clear vision for the development of the school’, as well as recognising the strong support received by the GLF schools – but it was Lime Tree’s children who were the real stars of the show. Their
‘outstanding’ behaviour was commended, as was their ‘excellent attitudes to learning’ and their ‘thirst for knowledge in all that they do’, with the overall judgement that ‘pupils thoroughly enjoy school’.
The encouragement of the teaching staff was also highlighted, as was the satisfaction expressed by parents of children at Lime Tree Primary School.
“Two years is only a very early stage in the development of our school, but it’s hugely encouraging to know that so much of what we have done so far has been recognised,” added Miss Newton. “It’s a huge team effort, with everyone associated with the school playing their part, and it means we can move into the next chapter of the school’s
development, including moving to our new permanent Battlebridge Lane site, with a real spring in our step.”
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