Literature comes to life at Ellesmere Primary School

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Ellesmere Primary School was invaded by an army of Highway Rats, a sprinkling of Harry Potters, and groups of Gruffalos and Grinches as pupils got into the spirit of World Book Day.

The excited youngsters got dressed up as their favourite characters during a day of literature-based learning and fun.

A magical morning started with a play – the Wizard of Oz delivered by M&M Productions – followed by a themed lunch of ruby red meatballs and ‘Scarecrow’s own-grown jacket potatoes’.

A story written by every child at the Elson Road school was read out during assembly.

And the book-themed week continued with a visit from Sam Sedgman, author of The Highland Falcon Thief, who spoke to spellbound kids during assembly.

Headteacher Stuart Roberts said: “Everyone worked extremely hard to make it a truly memorable week, so a big thank you to all the staff, parents and teachers who made it possible.

“We have so much fun on these occasions, and it is a great way to encourage children to read, which is vital to their education.”

It is an exciting time for the school, which joined North West Academies Trust (NWAT) in September 2016 and is now in the middle of an ambitious transformation.

Classrooms have been significantly upgraded with fresh fittings and state-of-the-art kitchen areas.

New flooring and heating systems have been installed and the car park has been made safer as part of a drive to lift standards across the board.

The school was highly praised in last year’s ‘good’ Ofsted inspection and pupil numbers are on the rise.

Mr Roberts, who has been Headteacher for two years, added: “The feedback from our Ofsted inspection proves that we are well on the way to ‘outstanding’.

“The school has changed massively, not only in terms of its appearance, but also the atmosphere.

“I’m excited to come into work every day because I know that what we are doing here is improving the lives of the children in this amazing community.”

Steve Docking, CEO of NWAT which also runs several other schools across Cheshire, said: “Our vision is to create the best possible learning environment for our children, using cutting edge facilities and ideas to bring the best out of them every day.

“A lot of hard work is taking place at Ellesmere and it is fantastic to see it all coming together.”

For more information, contact Ellesmere Primary School, email: or tel: 01691 622 288.