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New state-of-the-art school to open in Oulton next year

PUBLISHED: 11:42 15 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:15 18 December 2017

The latest image of The Limes Primary Academy which will open in September 2018. Picture: Concertus Design and Property Consultants.

The latest image of The Limes Primary Academy which will open in September 2018. Picture: Concertus Design and Property Consultants.

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A new free school for Lowestoft is set to open in September 2018, with the latest image of the building unveiled by the trust today.

The Limes Primary Academy is being built on Lime Avenue in Oulton. 
Picture: Nick Butcher. The Limes Primary Academy is being built on Lime Avenue in Oulton. Picture: Nick Butcher.

The Limes Primary Academy in Oulton will be run by the REAch2 Academy Trust, initially offering 60 places in Reception next year with an eventual total capacity for 420 children.

Building work started on the school in July this year, located on Lime Avenue, and the academy will also have a pre-school on site offering 30 places to the local community.

The school building, designed by Concertus Design and Property Consultants and built by Barnes Construction, is a mix of single and two storey interlinked blocks, providing a focal point within the surrounding housing developments. The location responds to the planned increase in local housing in the area.

Principal designate, Kate Cracknell, said: “It is such an exciting opportunity to open a brand new, state-of-the-art school, growing learners for life from the very outset. The fabulous design, which includes a studio, creative arts space and a dedicated pre-school, will really help us in delivering exceptional opportunities for learning.”

The school has been designed to be adaptable and flexible, with a view to community use outside the school day. The pre-school will be housed alongside the primary school in a single-story building, designed to be more domestic in scale, with a large open plan play space.

Suffolk county councillor Gordon Jones, cabinet member for children’s services, education and skills, said: “We are delighted that the school building is progressing well, ahead of its opening in September. This will be an exciting development for Oulton, providing much-needed additional school places to the area.”

Parents and carers wanting to apply for a reception year place at the school from September must apply by the closing date, January 15, 2018 by visiting thelimesacademy.org/admissions-policy/

To register for a pre-school place, families can get in touch by emailing info@reach2.org

Anyone wishing to find out more about the school is invited to attend the trust’s next consultation event on January 9, 2018, from 9.30am to 4.30pm at Gunton Primary Academy in Lowestoft.

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