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Welcome to Lime Tree Primary School

The first primary academy in Reigate and Redhill. We are a brand new two form entry primary school which opened in September 2013, now located in our bright, modern, purpose built school in Merstham.

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Teachers and pupils welcome the future of te... Lime Tree found one of its classrooms strangely full of teachers and short on children the other week as educators from across the south east of England flocked to the school for a special training day on how to use the latest Google for Education classroom apps. The school, which opened its doors in September 2013, is a member of the Surrey-based GLF Schools multi-academy trust, and it was the GLF group which staged the Google event, both for its own educators and also anyone from other schools who might be interested in learning more about the latest in collaborative teaching technology. Teachers from early years up to sixth form level converged on the school for the event, organised by GLF’s technology learning lead, and hosted by Google certified trainers – and six Year Two pupils from Lime Tree were also involved as school ambassadors. “It was an honour for the school to be chosen to host such a prestigious event, so we wanted to make sure Lime Tree was represented as well as possible, and who better to do so than the children themselves,” said Lime Tree’s Key Stage Two leader Claire Wilkinson. “They showed everyone round the school’s new facilities very proudly, and enjoyed sharing their own opinions and experiences of using technology in the classroom. “Teachers loved being able to take what they had learnt straight back into their own classrooms the very next day; our Reception classes had lots of fun learning how to ‘Build’ with Google Chrome.” GLF’s teaching philosophy is based on a collaborative management approach, which ties in well with the possibilities offered by the Google Education apps. “Google Apps for Education are definitely the way forward in teaching,” said GLF group’s Ben Rouse. “They can be the glue to help staff, children and teachers across all of our schools to share knowledge and expertise for an enhanced learning experience. At the end of the day, teachers were really excited about what they’d seen at Lime Tree, and the opportunities it will give them to put into practice. It’s great that we had an opportunity to showcase what the Apps can do, and Lime Tree was an ideal place to do it.” Read More
Lime Tree pupils get set for the long run The young Olympians of the future at Lime Tree have been encouraged to put their best feet forward and take part in Run Reigate, the UK's first cumulative half marathon for children. The main event of the campaign is a one-mile fun run on Sunday September 18th, which they are being encouraged to do with family and friends. But in the build-up to that date, Lime Tree pupils are running an additional 12 miles – broken down into smaller distances – to take them up to the half marathon distance. “The initial idea came from one of our parents at the school, who works for Run Reigate and having children in two different years here was keen for Lime Tree to get involved,” said teacher Emily Brown, who is organising the scheme. “She came in and gave an assembly to explain what the idea was, and fortunately the pupils loved the idea and now we’re committed to it. So far 59 children are signed up and we’ve got plenty more who are hoping to start taking part soon.” Regular running is an addition to the curriculum at Lime Tree, which opened in temporary facilities in 2013 before moving to its new permanent home last year, and is a member of the GLF Schools group, a Surrey-based multi-academy trust running more than a dozen schools across the south east. But Ms Brown said the response had been so positive it could be something with a long future ahead of it. “There’s a daily pre-school running club and the children are completing weekly miles with their class teachers,” she explained. “Not only is it giving them a wonderful feeling of achievement, but it’s also doing them a power of good physically and also teaching them that a healthy lifestyle is really enjoyable too.” Read More
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