Glowing praise for Delamere C of E Academy

Delamere C of E Academy have received glowing praise for putting key Christian values at the heart of pupils’ education and personal development.

The school, near Northwich, has been hailed as an ‘excellent’ church school, following a Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS).

A team of inspectors visited Delamere, which is part of North West Academies Trust (NWAT), and concluded the approach there is ‘truly special’.

The report said: “The academic excellence of the school is exceptional. However, it is the focus placed on meeting the needs of each individual that is truly special.

“The staff and pupils are motivated by the four Christian values that emerge from the vision: respect, care, peace and love.

“The manners and behaviour of pupils is exemplary, and their respect for one another clearly visible.”

Head of School Julie Clayton said: “Receiving an ‘excellent’ grade is amazing news as the format of the inspection has been changed radically and it is much more rigorous.

“I am delighted that they were able to see our school for what it is, a happy place where everyone is cared for and encouraged to achieve their best.”

The school is one of only 11 in the country to have attained the Wellbeing for Schools Award.

The SIAMS report also commended the close working relationship with the local parish church, St Peter’s. The vicar is a regular visitor to lead worship, share resources and give pastoral support to both pupils and adults.

Special praise was also reserved for the school’s Parents in Partnership (PIP) group, which raises funds to enrich the curriculum.

It added: “Contributions made by PIP make a significant impact on educating the whole child spiritually and culturally.”

Delamere is part of North West Academies Trust, who were also praised in the report for taking ‘best practice’ into their other schools across Cheshire and Shropshire.