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 Open morning: Saturday 17th October 9.00am- 12.00pm

Open afternoon: Wednesday 18th November 3.40pm - 6.30pm 

Show arounds are by appointment only. Please phone the school office to book. 

A guide for parents 

To find out more, please follow the link below. 

Ofsted Parents Guide

 

GDPR

Want to know more about your General Data Protection Rights? Please click here.

 

E-safety Information 

For a wide range of information about keeping your child safe online visit the thinkuknow website. 

NSPCC have also teamed up with O2 to create a new, helpful app called Net Aware to help keep us up to date with new social media networks.

 

Contact the school

Julie Clayton- Head of School 

The Delamere C of E Academy
Stoney Lane
Kelsall
Tarporley
CW6 0ST
admin@delamere.cheshire.sch.uk
Tel: 01829 707 979

Out of hours emergency contact
Tel: 07795 246541

 

SEND and the Local Offer

What is the Local Offer
The local offer was first introduced in the green paper (March 2011) and is also stated in the new Code of Practice (2014).

It is a statutory requirement for local authorities to develop and publish information setting out the support they expect to be available for young people and their families.

Where can I find the local offer?
To visit the local offer, published by Cheshire West, please visit the link below:
www.westcheshirelocaloffer.co.uk

 

Attachments:
Download this file (Newsletter for schools on the SEND reforms for February 2015[1].txt)Newsletter for schools SEND[ ]32 kB

Sports Calendar

 

ECO Purchasing Policy

POLICY STATEMENT
Delamere CE Primary Academy will ensure that when all products and services are purchased, we will consider environmental aspects, potential impacts and costs, associated with their life cycle. Our practice of procuring products and services will endeavor to ensure that they are less harmful to the environment (land, air and water) and that they are made with less harmful materials when produced, used or consumed. This will include, where possible; buying locally, buying recycled and recyclable, using less chemicals and reducing the schools carbon footprint associated with products and services.

SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) Church Inspection

SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) Church Inspection. 

We were delighted to receive an 'Excellent' grade for our SIAMS inspection. Please read the report below.

Delamere Church of England Primary Academy
Stoney Lane,
Kelsall,
Tarporley,
Cheshire,
CW6 0ST


Diocese: Chester
Local authority: Cheshire West and Chester
Date of inspection: 8th November 2018
School's unique reference number: 136553
Head of School: Mrs. Julie Clayton
Inspector's name and number: Lisa Horobin (900)

 School context

Delamere Church of England Primary Academy is a smaller than average sized rural school with 169 pupils on roll. The majority of pupils are of white British heritage. The number of pupils eligible for pupil premium funding is well below average. The percentage of pupils who have special educational needs or disabilities is also below the national average. The school has expanded significantly over the last 5 years and performance results are exceptionally high. The school is a member of The North West Academies Trust. The current head of School has been in post since September 2017.

The school’s Christian vision

“Beyond outstanding, helping children fly.” Our Christian school values are Respect, Care, Peace and Love. We all share the same vision and Christian Values aiming for all of our children to achieve the highest standards guided by the Biblical narrative of Jeremiah 29:11 and the parable of The Good Samaritan.

The distinctiveness and effectiveness of Delamere Church of England Primary Academy as a Church of England school are outstanding.

  • The behaviour and attitude of pupils is exemplary. It is firmly based on their understanding of the Christian values of love, care, peace and respect.
  • Pupils' personal, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is exceptional. It is achieved through the provision of an enriched curriculum, high expectations and support for all.
  • The leadership and vision of the headteacher, senior leaders and governors have successfully driven change and maintained the explicit Christian character of the school.

Key findings

• The dedication of the leadership of the school to live out their Christian vision and enable all members of the school community to become the best that they can be is outstanding.

• The words of Jeremiah 29v11 are at the core of school life and the wellbeing of each child and member of staff is at the forefront of every decision made and action taken.

• 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 links with St Peter’s Church and involvement of the local clergy has made Delamere the hub of the community. 

 

Areas for development

• Review the school website and policy documents to ensure that they overtly reflect the school’s practice of living out their Christian vision which is clearly evident in all other aspects of school life.

• To increase the impact of collective worship, develop the knowledge of all staff so that their understanding of spiritual development is extended to include pupil’s engagement with the environment, the arts and sporting activities. 

 

Inspection findings

When Delamere converted to academy status it was in danger of closing. Now, the school is a thriving hub at the centre of the local community and a place where pupils and adults flourish. This about-turn is due to the exceptional commitment and dedication of the school leadership to the wellbeing and nurture of every pupil as an individual. The Christian vision is firmly founded on Jeremiah 29v11 (‘“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”’). The staff and pupils are motivated by the four Christian values that emerge from the vision: respect, care, peace and love. They work together to ensure that every member of the school community becomes ‘the best person they can be’. Staff are encouraged and supported in pursuing further qualifications and new career pathways. Parents say that the Christian values affect attitudes at home and influence family life. The focus on meeting the needs of each child has led to high quality provision and exceptional results well beyond national averages. Staff have designed the curriculum in such a way that it enhances the ethos of being a family who learn and grow together. Governors are certain that ‘everyone understands the Christian purpose of this school, it is a place where everyone is accepted for who they are’. Every pupil and their families are welcomed. The manners and behaviour of pupils is exemplary and their respect for one another clearly visible. The school policy of Reprimand in Private and Praise in Public ensures that a pupil’s dignity remains intact. Pupils were most adamant that everyone should be and is treated equally and one commented that ‘we do not judge others’. Difference and diversity are celebrated.

Delamere is only one of 11 schools in the country to have successfully attained the Wellbeing for Schools Award. Motivated by wanting everyone to prosper as God intends (Jer29:11), working for and achieving the Wellbeing Award has resulted in the already existing good practice being developed further to an exceptionally high standard. After listening to the pupil’s voice through the school council a nurture room has been created and its use is a natural part of school life. The whole school family values this space and the availability of the school’s counsellor.

Teachers and parents work in collaboration to educate their children. A good example is the tireless work of the Parents in Partnership (PIP) group raising additional funding for school that is used for the sole purpose of enriching the curriculum. The contributions made by the PIP make a significant impact on educating the whole child spiritually and culturally. Parents commented that their children really do have their ‘eyes opened to a world of possibilities’ within a nurturing environment where they are happy, listened to and safe. School offers an assortment of extra-curricular activities that interest both pupils and staff. From archeology to breakdancing, a wealth of opportunities to develop new skills and interests are available and pupils are eager to participate. Every dimension of the curriculum contributes to pupils knowing ‘that God has good plans for us,’ and raises their aspirations for the future.

The school enjoys a close working relationship with the local parish church, St Peter’s. The vicar is a regular visitor in school to lead worship, share resources and give pastoral support to both pupils and adults. Messy church, held in school and organised by the vicar along with a team of parishioners, is very popular. The issues raised by the previous SIAMS inspection have been addressed in full. As a result, pupils are now actively involved in the planning, delivery and evaluation of collective worship. Each week a class leads worship in St Peter’s church. Pupils said that they enjoy being able to add their ‘own creative touch’ to times of worship. They feel very strongly that collective worship gives them time to think and brings a sense of peace to the school. The content of worship is well planned and relevant. Pupils have a sound knowledge of the Trinity and the church year. Elements of Anglican liturgy are woven into school worship. Pupils spoke about the importance of prayer and opportunities for prayer and reflection are evident in classrooms, corridors and the playground. They commented that they regularly use the prayer box. One said, ‘The prayers we write are always read in church and we know God is listening.’

Religious education (RE) fulfils all statutory requirements and is a priority subject in the curriculum. An effective system of assessment shows that standards are high and pupils, challenged by creative lessons, make excellent progress. The RE subject leader works hard to ensure that the school is well resourced and up to date with current thinking in this subject. She regularly attends local network groups and shares good practice across several schools. Pupils spoke about the importance of RE and the way in which the subject gives them a deeper understanding of Christianity as a living and diverse faith. One pupil stated that ‘without RE we wouldn’t understand church or our values’. Pupils spoke confidently that their increasing knowledge about other world religions strengthens their respect for ‘others who are different’. They had particularly enjoyed building Jewish Sukkoth shelters on the school field and visiting the school hall when it had been transformed into a Hindu Temple for the day. Parents commented that they fully appreciate the ways in which the school ensures that their children are given a breadth of experiences that are inclusive of all religions and cultures.

The pupils at Delamere are being well prepared to be citizens of our diverse world in the 21st century. They have a keen sense of concern for others both locally and globally. They are aware of the situations of injustice around the world that need to be challenged and the enormity of this task. In order that the charities being supported during the year can be democratically chosen, each September the new house captains research and present information about several organisations to the members of their house. All fundraising events are initiated and organised by the pupils. Staff arrange for members of the charitable organisations to visit school. The pupils are conscious of their responsibilities as stewards of God’s creation. This stewardship is visibly present in the school environment and budget. For example, the pupils are proud of their eco-printers.

The success of Delamere was the inspiration behind the establishment of the North West Academies Trust (NWAT). The Trust welcomes schools that are at the start of journeys similar to the one made by Delamere. Just as the values, policies and practice of Delamere transform the lives of pupils in their care, as a model of excellence for other members of the MAT they are influencing the lives of pupils in schools elsewhere. Therefore the school’s strong Christian vision is reaching far beyond the walls of Delamere.

 

 

Attachments:
Download this file (Delamere Final Report SIAMS.pdf)Delamere SIAMS Report[ ]140 kB

Voluntary work

Thank you for your interest in helping out at Delamere CE Primary Academy. We are always pleased to welcome parents, family members and volunteers to help in the classroom or with other jobs around the school. We accept applications from those who are studying and need work experience or from parents and family members who simply wish to help the school that their children attend. Please contact the school office for further information and all completed applications should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Also positions are subject to strict DBS checks and our safeguarding policies and procedures in relation to safer recruitment.

Attendance at school

 Delamere Academy recognises the importance of good attendance and the impact it has on children’s progress, attainment, enjoyment of and relationships within school. 

 

 

Punctuality

It is really important that children learn how to be punctual in life.  To support that aim, we insist on punctuality at school.

From September 2020, due to Covid-19, school will operate a rolling start to the school day between 8.30am and 9.10am. Children are expected to arrive at school punctually for their start time. We run a Wrap around care breakfast club from 7.30am to support working parents. If you would like your child to attend, please contact the school office to book them in.  This breakfast club is chargeable.

Children who arrive after the register is taken each morning will be marked as late. Children who arrive more than 30 minutes late are marked absent for the session in line with Government guidance.  Any children who arrive late to school need to wait at the school gate and their parent/carer ring the school office for a member of staff to come and collect them.  This is a change due to Coronavirus.

 

Illness

If your child is absent, parents/carers should inform the school on the first day of absence, and each day of absence thereafter, stating the reason. This can be done by ringing the school office (01829707979).

The school office will make telephone contact with home when a child is absent and the parent/carer has not notified the school of the absence. If no contact can be achieved or the reason for absence is not accepted the absence will be unauthorised.

If your child is ill in school, we will contact you by phone so that he/she can be collected promptly.  Please make sure that all contact numbers are kept up to date.

 

Medical Appointments

Wherever possible, please make medical appointments outside the school day as this is disruptive for your child’s learning. However, we do recognise that some appointments cannot be changed or can only take place during the school day.  In this instance, please bring your child into school and collect them from the school office when they need to leave school. So that the absence can be recorded correctly on the register, we require proof of medical appointments. This can be in the form of a letter, an appointment card, or a text/email reminder on your mobile phone.

 

Holidays In Term Time

A child’s absence during term time seriously disrupts their continuity of learning. Not only do they miss the teaching on the days they are away, but also they are less prepared for the lessons building on that teaching when they return to school. There is a consequent risk of under achievement, which we must seek to avoid.  Clearly, there are times when children are unwell and cannot avoid being absent from school.  Absence for any reason other than sickness must be avoided.

 

In September 2013, the Government changed the law so that Headteachers can only authorise absence in very exceptional circumstances.

If parents/carers need to request Leave of Absence in Term Time, they must complete a ‘Request for Leave of Absence’ form available from the school office.

Unauthorised absences may result in a fine by Cheshire West and Chester Council.

 

 

 

 

For more information about attendance please see the CWAC ( Local Authority Website) 

https://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/residents/education-and-learning/early-years-and-childcare/education-welfare-service/term-time-holidays.aspx

Attachments:
Download this file (AttendancePolicy20202021.pdf)Attendance policy 2020[ ]111 kB
Download this file (new-faq-fixed-penalty-notice.pdf)new-faq-fixed-penalty-notice.pdf[ ]213 kB

Pupil Premium

 

All pupils who receive free school meals are entitled to a pupil premium.  Pupil premium entitles each child to receive funding which is spent directly on their education. A smaller amount is also available for families of service personnel, and looked after children receive a full allocation. Our aim is to make sure that this funding is used to support, enrich and enhance learning so that your child meets their maximum potential.

Should you be entitled to this funding, at the Academy we will draw up an individual plan with you to show you how we have allocated your money to support your child within their learning. If you require any more information on this, or to find out if you are entitled to free schools meals, please do not hesitate to contact the school or follow the link. All enquiries are treated in confidence.

As we have such a small number of pupils who receive pupil premium, in order to maintain the privacy of the pupils and families individual plans and funding allocation are kept in school. Should you wish to see an anonymous example of a plan or view the impact this money has had on pupil progress please contact the school directly. 

 

Each child is supported differently depending on need. The funding is used to provide a range of academic, enrichment and educational support depending on each child's needs. This included:

  • Additional 1:1 support for Speaking and Listening.
  • Additional 1:1 support for Reading.
  • 1:1 support for basic skills provision.
  • Complete funding of all residentials and educational visits.
  • Free before and after school provision when required.
  • Sourcing and funding of holiday clubs.
  • Provision of school uniform and PE kit.


All children who have received pupil premium over the past three years have made progress in line with their targets set or better. The money has made a huge difference to the lives of our children. If you would like to know more about pupil premium please contact our SENDCO Beth  Hulme - who is the designated teacher for looked after children and previously looked after children, via the school office- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

Attachments:
Download this file (Pupil Premium policy.pdf)Pupil Premium policy[ ]197 kB
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