Pitch perfect new addition is a lockdown hit at Acresfield Primary School

Acresfield Primary School’s pitch perfect new astroturf is helping pupils keep in shape whatever the weather.

The school, near Chester Zoo, was one of 20 schools in the country to win £20,000 funding from Aldi, and the PTA group worked hard to top up the funds.

Now the children of key workers who are still attending Acresfield during lockdown have been the first to get in action on the synthetic surface, come hail, rain or shine.

Headteacher Mike Dixon said: “We are delighted our sports pitch is finished, it has given us so much more space for the children to enjoy during PE lessons and playtimes.

“It now doesn’t matter if it rains!

“A massive thanks to Aldi and our PTA group Friends of Acresfield for funding it.

“Some of the children, who have been coming into school during lockdown, have been using it and we can’t wait for the rest of our children to have the chance to enjoy it too.

“Fingers crossed it won’t be too long.”

Work to install the new pitch began in February, and careful site management and safety measures ensured it could continue during lockdown.

It’s been a huge hit with those still attending the school, while teachers and staff have gone online to keep the rest of the children learning safely at home, while the nation tackles the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr Dixon added: “The children receive learning tasks, which include reading, maths, spelling, topic and writing, every day and we try to deliver them in as many new and exciting ways as we possibly can.

“All of the staff are working incredibly hard to engage the children remotely with their learning, as well as supporting the children of our critical worker families.

“The response from all our families has been great, with amazing examples of work being sent in via electronic platforms, photos and video clips.

“Feedback has been extremely positive, and it is great to see the teamwork between home and school continuing at this challenging time.”

The primary joined North West Academies Trust (NWAT) last year and is benefiting from sharing ideas and best practice with schools such as Delamere Academy, near Northwich, and St Martin’s Academy, Chester, which are both also rated ‘outstanding’.

Steve Docking, CEO of NWAT, said: “Acresfield is a hugely successful school and continues to ensure, even in these challenging times, that it meets the needs of all its pupils.

“We feel very proud of what they, and all our other schools, have achieved.”

For more information about Acresfield Primary, email: admin@acresfield.cheshire.sch.uk or tel:  01244 257350.