Mini explorers enjoy voyage of discovery at Ellesmere Primary School

Intrepid children at Ellesmere Primary School donned desert boots and brandished binoculars for an explorer experience.

Each classroom at the Elston Road school was transformed into a different country, packed with educational activities and challenges designed to help the pupils learn while having fun.

Children got into character in fancy dress, with the likes of Indiana Jones and aviation legend Amelia Earhart represented as the adventures unfolded.

The two days of excitement were all part of the school’s inventive new ‘mini mission’ approach to learning.

Headteacher Stuart Roberts explained: “We have changed the way we deliver our curriculum this year, in order to make learning more meaningful and memorable.

“These mini missions help children connect everything together in fun, interactive ways.

“This particular mission was geography based and they got to visit lots of different countries to learn languages, see geographical features, experience culture, taste food and lots more.

“They were given plenty of information, and the response we got gave us great confidence we’re on the right track.”

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.