Delamere Academy

Children at Delamere CofE Academy are out to make the most of learning

Delamere CofE Academy fortified their commitment to getting children into the great outdoors with a visit to an iron age monument, amongst other adventurous activities.

Staff at the school are determined to ensure children benefit from the full scope of education outside the classroom, while adhering to strict coronavirus safety precautions.

In recent weeks the intrepid youngsters from the Stoney Lane school have been on trips to learn about Eddisbury Hillfort, enjoyed the nature at Delamere Forest, and have even been canoeing.

Head of School Julie Clayton said: “We are taking our learning outdoors as much as possible, which means they are using natural resources to learn their core subjects as well as learning new bushcraft skills.

“At the hillfort the children loved standing along the ancient rampart pretending to defend against an enemy attack, and they got lots of interesting information from teaching assistant Lorrae Campbell, who is an expert on hillforts and was involved with the original archaeological dig on the site about 10 years ago.

“Other outdoor activities have included team building, knife wielding, marshmallow roasting, canoeing, den building and cave-painting, and the children have absolutely loved it despite some wet weather.

“While we continue to follow social distancing, sanitising and all other precautions very carefully, it’s very important to us that we get all our pupils out and about. The success of recent activities has only reenforced that belief.

Last year, Delamere Academy became one of less than 20 schools in the UK to have been given a Wellbeing Award for Schools (WAS), which commends schools who make the welfare of pupils and staff a priority.

The school also shares expertise fellow members of North West Academies Trust (NWAT), which include St Martin’s at Chester, Oak View at Winsford, Weaverham Primary Academy and Rudheath Senior Academy.

Delamere was recently named one of the top 10 non-fee paying primary schools in the country by Tatler magazine, for consistently featuring in the top 1% in the Government’s school performance tables. It has also won Platinum status for sporting provision and was the top performing school in Cheshire West in thelatest SATs results.

An Open Day at the school will take place on Wednesday, November 18, 3.40-6.30pm. To book a place, please contact the school via email: admin@delamere.cheshire.sch.uk or tel: 01829 707 979.