Lime Academy Ridgeway


A new school for Enfield opening September 2018


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Opening September 2018

Lime Academy Ridgeway

A New School for Enfield

The Lime Trust proposal now agreed by the DfE is to open a new 3 Form Entry (90 children per year group) primary school with nursery, which we hope will be ready to open in September 2018. We will be holding a number of  community information events over the Summer and Autumn 2017, please sign up to our mailing list to receive news and updates.

Lime Academy Ridgeway will be sited in the Ridgeway/Chase area of Enfield where there is a real shortage of primary school places now – and the need for a new school will grow when families move into new homes on the Chase Farm Hospital site.

A report to Enfield Council’s Cabinet on the 21st October 2015 confirmed a deficit of primary school places in the area that cannot be met by expanding existing local schools, and a designated site has been made available for a new school.

Linking with Lime Trust

We want to hear from everyone interested in our plans, particularly people who live locally and parents who would look to choose the Lime Academy Ridgeway for their children. Contact us, tell us your views and ask for more information.

Ethos and values

Lime Academy Ridgeway will have a clear moral purpose: ‘Putting children first’.  This is simply to place pupils’ learning and well-being at the centre of all that we do. We will share Lime Trust values, in a non-faith based school:

Courage ~ Equality ~ Enjoyment ~ Excellence ~ Partnership ~ Trust

We have an uncompromising desire to build aspirations and challenge all children with high expectations.

The curriculum vision for Lime Academy Ridgeway

We will begin with outstanding Early Years provision for the youngest pupils as they start their journey through learning at school, in our purpose-built onsite Nursery and Reception units.

We will set up tested and effective curriculum structures running through the whole school, with sophisticated, personalised pupil tracking and assessment so we are aware of and can plan to meet individual specific needs, including stretching the most able.

In Partnership with Parents

We believe that good relationships between home and school build the very best foundation and are critical to a child’s enjoyment, learning and success in school. In all our schools we work in partnership with parents and carers to meet the needs of the children and families, both individually and as a group. Lime Academy Ridgeway will use the Leading Parent Partnerships Award scheme as a framework for this work.

We will also run a full programme of enrichment activities, with wrap around care from Breakfast and After School Clubs to benefit pupils and families.

Local Education Partnerships

The new school will work in partnership with all local providers and use Enfield’s standard admissions procedure. We honour teachers’ pay and conditions.

Why the Lime Trust?

Lime Trust is a not-for-profit charitable trust. We believe that we are well placed to provide the new school because we:

    • have a proven track record of developing, leading and managing successful schools
    • have met the high standards needed to be approved by the DFE as an academy sponsor
    • are locally based
    • believe in supporting neighbouring schools, not competing against them
    • recruit the very best well-qualified teachers and other staff
Lime Trust Ridgeway team

Beth Dilnot-Smith, Head Designate for Lime Academy Ridgeway; NPQH; NPQSL; EYFS specialist, Larkswood Primary Academy; secured Ofsted registration to extend provision to 2+yr olds; secured Leading Parent Partnerships Award; Lead Teacher for LA for EYFS moderation/audit and in neighbouring LAs [Enfield and Haringey].

Lynne Harrowell, Chief Executive and Trustee, The Lime Trust. Lynne has worked as a teacher in two secondary schools, secondary special and primary schools. She is a highly experienced headteacher who joined Larkswood Primary School in September 2011, her fourth headship in an eighteen year period, all in challenging inner-city areas in London and Blackpool. Her leadership has been praised repeatedly by Ofsted. Lynne is a Local Leader of Education.  She has also completed the pilot NCSL Primary Executive Headship programme and mentored through the Associate Headteacher Programme.

Amanda Daoud, Chief Operating Officer and Trustee. Amanda joined Larkswood as School Business Manager in 2012.  For fifteen years she was Head of External Funding for a London Borough where she managed the large-scale (£20m per annum) Standards Fund Programme. Amanda is highly experienced in school finance, procurement, contract management, and project management (Prince2 Practitioner, qualified March 2012). She is one of just 400 people nationally to have completed the Advanced Diploma in School Business Management (ADSBM) from the NCTL.

Next steps

Our team is in place to now begin the detailed planning for the opening of the school. This includes working closely with the London Borough of Enfield on education and admissions matters, and with the Education Funding Agency on designing and building the school. The process will include a second full consultation process on full detail

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