Delamere CofE Academy has been ranked among the best 0.5% of all primary schools in the UK.  

That’s according to The Sunday Times’ Parent Power guide, which enables parents to compare schools’ performance on both local and national levels.  

More than 20,000 primary schools across the nation were rated based on exam results and Delamere, near Northwich, has been placed 84th overall – an improvement of 44 places on the previous year.  

And Acresfield Academy in Chester, which is also run by North West Academies Trust (NWAT), has performed superbly to earn 144th place in the rankings.  

Delamere Headteacher Julie Clayton said: “We are 84th this year, having been 128th last year and 366th the previous year and that’s brilliant news for the school and testament to the hard work and attitude of our staff and children.   

“It’s a real team effort and something we can collectively be proud of. Results like this prove that a nurturing ethos and a full and balanced curriculum really helps learners to achieve great things.”   

Acresfield Headteacher Mike Dixon added: “We are delighted with the progress we’re making. We take great pride in the work we do and in the success of our children, who love coming to school and investing in their learning every day.   

“We will continue to strive to improve – that will never stop. But it’s also important to recognise an achievement like this which is something we can all be very proud of.”  

Both Delamere and Acresfield are rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and both are in the top five schools across both Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East, according to the Parent Power guide. 

NWAT schools share resources and best practices, and place strong emphasis on giving children experiences outside the classroom in order to open their eyes to a ‘wonderful world of possibilities’. 

Steve Docking, CEO of NWAT, said: “These schools are hugely successful, not only in terms of excellent SATs results but also because they are thriving with happy, engaged children.   

“It is testament to the hard work of all involved, who recognise the importance of giving children the best possible education.”   

Caring children at St Martin’s Academy raised nearly £900 to buy pyjamas for children who will spend Christmas in hospital.  

Pupils wore theri own PJs for the day to raise funds for children who will spend the festive period in hospitals, hospices and Women’s refuges across the North West.  

The Year 6 pupils then walked from their school in Hoole to Chester city centre shops where they chose the pyjamas themselves. 

Assistant Headteacher Lizzie O’Donoghue said: “The children are always very keen to help others in need and this project in particular resonated with them. We couldn’t be any more proud of their efforts.”  

Cheshire Coordinator for Children’s Hospital Pyjamas Lisa Cleaver praised the children for the ‘fantastic amount’ they raised.  

She said: “The pyjamas are donated and sent with love so that each child who receives a pair knows that someone is wishing them a speedy recovery and is thinking of them.  

“When I started appealing for pyjamas in late September I was hopeful I would be able to collect enough to donate to everybody in the Countess of Chester Children’s ward.   

“But I had such an overwhelming response from residents, schools and businesses in Cheshire that I have enough to make a donation of a full set of pyjamas to four Cheshire hospitals and four children and baby hospices!  

“I’ll be donating over 1,800 pairs of brand-new pyjamas over the coming weeks. This will ensure they are ready to be handed out at Christmas.   

“Any leftover pyjamas are then used throughout the year by the hospitals and hospices for unforeseen situations such as when a child has had their clothes cut off in A&E or when they have ended up staying in hospital unexpectedly.   

“I’ve been totally overwhelmed by the response I’ve received. The pyjamas donated will bring a smile and comfort to every child at Christmas this year.”  

To support the appeal email lisargm@hotmail.com