Delamere and Acresfield Academies move up the rankings

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.”