Acresfield Primary joins forces with NWAT to drive standards even higher 

 

Standards at ‘outstanding’ Acresfield Community Primary School are set to climb even higher after joining North West Academies Trust on October 1.

Headteacher Mike Dixon believes the move to join one of the country’s best performing trusts in NWAT will have huge benefits.

The Upton primary already boasts the highest possible rating of ‘outstanding’ from the Government’s Ofsted inspectors.

But Mr Dixon believes Acresfield will get even better thanks to the opportunity to share resources with the trust’s other schools, including Delamere Academy, near Northwich, and St Martin’s Academy, Chester, which are both also rated outstanding.

Mr Dixon, who took the role of Headteacher 11 years ago, when it ‘required improvement,’ has built a strong and successful team, who have worked together to secure the outstanding grading from Ofsted.

He said: “It is important that we don’t stop at outstanding – we want to give children the best possible education.

“We have been considering academy status for three or four years in order to keep progressing.

“NWAT offered something appropriate for us in terms of aspirations and their approach to collaborative working and support.

“By sharing ideas and best practice with other schools within the trust we can challenge ourselves to be even better.

“There is excitement about the change, in terms of taking Acresfield forward.”

Acresfield is rated the second best primary in West Cheshire according to the Real Schools Guide, just pipped to top spot by Delamere.

The school has already taken part in inter-school competitions with other schools within the trust, and a new pupil parliament is also leading a drive to reduce plastic in the school, like other schools in the trust.

A new nursery for children aged three to four has also recently opened at the school, which is situated close to Chester Zoo.

Mr Dixon added: “Our nursery provision is led by a trained teacher because we want to ensure children are given the best start in their education.

“Our success comes from working closely with the community. It is a partnership and we listen and engage with children and families.”

Steve Docking CEO of NWAT is delighted with the move. He said: “Acresfield is a great school and we are delighted that they are joining the trust.

“They are already hugely successful, not only in terms of their excellent SATs results, but also because they are thriving school with happy, engaged children.

“We are looking forward to sharing many new and exciting learning opportunities over many years to come.”

An Open Morning takes place at Acresfield on Thursday, October 17, 10am-12.30pm.