Delamere Academy puts gardening on the curriculum

Delamere Academy Headteacher Julie Clayton has backed a campaign by Gardener’s World’s Carol Klein to get an allotment at every UK school.   

She says the school’s outdoor environment has always been a priority, with a raised bed for every class and home produce regularly on the dinner menu.   

According to the Gardeners’ World presenter Carol Klein, gardening should be on the school curriculum in order to teach children how food is produced and about the vital role plants play in sustaining life on Earth.   

Mrs Clayton said: “As an Eco – green flag holder for over a decade our school environment has always been a priority. Having seen the benefits, I agree that all schoolchildren should have the opportunity to grown their own food.  

“Each year group have their own raised bed filled with seasonal fruit and vegetables; herbs and sensory plants.  

“Apart from being good fun, gardening encourages children to spend time outside which is great for their wellbeing.”  

The raised beds complement the existing outdoor-learning provisions including extensive grounds and forest school.   

Delamere Academy’s ‘inspirational’ teaching was recently praised by MP Nick Gibb on national Thank a Teacher Day.  

The school, which is part of North West Academies Trust (NWAT), is one of the top performing in Cheshire West based on SATs results, and its nurturing environment received recognition when it was one of the first in the North West to receive the Wellbeing Award for Schools.  

NWAT pride themselves on providing a rich and varied programme of education with experiences away from the classroom a key part of their approach to health, wellbeing and fitness.  

Steve Docking, CEO of NWAT, said: “Delamere Academy was our very first Trust school and, from the very beginning, sport and a healthy lifestyle have been fundamental to everything we do.  

“We have taken this philosophy into our other schools, which are also seeing how being active improves every aspect of the school day.”  

For more information about Delamere CofE Academy, email: admin@delamere.cheshire.sch.uk or tel: 01829 707 979.