Ellesmere Primary School pupils hit the road in search of adventure

Intrepid pupils at Ellesmere Primary School have been getting out and about as their learning journey continues to take them across the country.

Teachers at the Elson Road primary believe getting children out of the classroom to gain new and exciting experiences is a vital part of their education.

Already this term groups have travelled to Denbighshire to brush up on their survival skills, monkeyed around at Chester Zoo, stayed over in Staffordshire for outdoor adventures, enjoyed sun, sea and surf in Llandudno, and got hands-on with fun experiments at Engiunity at Iron Bridge.

And it has been topped off with a packed inter-school sporting schedule, including a water polo competition, swimming galas and national gymnastics finals.

Headteacher Stuart Roberts, said: “We take children from Year 2 upwards on residential trips.

“They generate huge excitement and are a great way for children to learn, have new experiences and make fantastic memories.

“We pride ourselves on creating diverse and interesting learning environments and work hard to make sure children don’t spend their days just sitting at a desk.

“And we’re lucky to have a very dedicated team of teaching staff who are always willing to go the extra mile to make these events possible.”

The school is part of North West Academies Trust (NWAT), which is one of the highest performing Trusts in the country, overseeing a number of schools in Shropshire and Cheshire.

At all NWAT schools, children are encouraged to learn through new experiences and challenge themselves to achieve their very best.

Having joined the Trust in September 2016, the school is showing consistent improvements in attainment across all subjects and increased pupil numbers, with maths being a particular strength, moving from 67% in 2016 to 80% last year.

The school is also proud to have been awarded the Gold School Games mark in recognition of the vast range of sporting opportunities available to all pupils.

At all NWAT schools, extra importance is placed on broadening the scope of learning for pupils by taking them into different environments.

Steve Docking, CEO of NWAT, said: “Our ‘can do’ culture means children spend a substantial amount of time learning outside the classroom.

“This broad programme of learning enables children to achieve well in all areas and is securing high attainment and levels of progress throughout our schools.”

For more information contact Ellesmere Primary School, email: admin@ellesmereprimaryschool.org.uk or tel: 01691 622 288.