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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



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
Tel: 01829 707 979

Out of hours emergency contact
Tel: 07795 246541


Staff profiles



Julie Clayton BEd ( Hons)
Head Of School

Julie is an experienced teacher, who has taught for over 20 years across the whole primary age range. She has been a leading Year Six and Maths teacher for Cheshire. Before becoming Head of School Julie has been an SENDCO, Assistant and Deputy Head Teacher. Julie currently teaches part-time in Linmere.


 Linmere Class

 Gemma Prince BA (Hons)

Class Teacher/ Key Stage Leader 

Gemma completed a three year BA Hons degree in Primary and Secondary Education with Design and Technology, undertaking placements across the primary and secondary age range (ks2-a level). Gemma worked as a lead associate in retail whilst completing her degree. After taking her final placement at Delamere she got a job teaching Year 4 but is currently teaching Year 6. 


Jo Law
Teaching Assistant

Having worked for a number of years as the children's book buyer for WH Smith and then becoming actively involved as a parent at Delamere, Jo started working as a TA in October 2008 with Years 5/6. She subsequently spent time across all year groups gaining experience and 'in-house training' as well as attending some external accredited courses. In particular, the Elklan Speech and Language Programme has been of great interest to Jo. She also has a great passion for swimming so enjoyed gaining the ASA Swimming Teachers Certificate too. 


  Pickmere Class 


Clare Wild 
Pickmere Class Teacher  

Prior to becoming a primary school teacher, Clare worked overseas managing a range of activity and sports programmes. Clare returned to the UK and studied at the University of Chester, where she gained her BA Hons degree in Primary Education. She has gained experience working in a range of placements from reception to year six, for her final placement she was based within the North West Academies Trust. Clare is looking forward to joining the Delamere team.


Martin Ashworth
Teaching Assistant

Martin was a motorcycle rider training instructor for 10 years, then worked for 6 years in children's homes looking after children between the ages of 12 and 18. After realising the 24-hour shifts were incompatible with a young family and volunteering as a parent helper on days off, Martin decided to pursue a career as a Teaching Assistant. He worked in two other schools before joining Delamere in September 2011.


 Nunsmere Class 

Lucy Bate 
Class Teacher

Lucy completed a 3 year BSc (Hons) degree in Geography before going on to compete her Primary PGCE at Liverpool John Moores University. Since completing her PGCE she has worked as a teaching assistant gaining further experience teaching across KS1 and KS2. Lucy is excited to continue her teaching journey with Nunsmere. 


Lorrae Campbell 
Teaching Assistant

Lorrae is a Teaching Assistant in Year 5. She qualified as a TA  after a successful career as an Army Captain in the Royal Logistic Corps, and Contract Manager in industry. Lorrae's special interests are in the whole school reading programme, and archaeology. She is currently studying for a Masters Degree in the subject, and runs a popular Archaeology Club at the school.


  Blakemere Class


 Ricky Huddart BA (Hons)  

Assistant Headteacher/ Key stage leader

 Class Teacher 

Ricky is an experienced class teacher with over 10 years in the profession. He has worked across a range of schools in the Chester area, working mainly in Key Stage 2. He has experience of consulting on a mixed age curriculum in South Africa and has also worked collaboratively with an assessment company to create a tailor made software for schools.     


Laura Evans
Teaching Assistant

Laura has been working as a TA for 8 years, most of that time spent as 1:1. She is currently working towards a degree in child psychology with open university, with her sound knowledge of language and communication development helping her. 


Tara Venables
Teaching Assistant/ Administration Assistant

Following 13 years based in central London pursuing a career in Business Travel, Tara moved north to Delamere to start a family with her husband. With both her children now in full-time education, she took the opportunity to join the team in September 2012 on a part-time basis, assisting the Bursar and formerly acting as Clerk to the Trustees and Governing Body.


 Sandymere Class


Bethany Hume

 Class Teacher

Bethany completed a three year BA Hons degree in Early Childhood education in Leeds, where she gained experience working in a range of placements from nursery to year three. Bethany completed her NQT year last year at Delamere and is looking forward to spending her first year in Sandymere 



Jayne Lloyd
Teaching Assistant

Jayne has previously had a successful career in the corporate industry before moving into Health and Fitness, where she managed two specialised fitness clubs. After taking a career break raising her family, Jayne achieved her aspiration of becoming a Teaching Assistant in 2012. Jayne joined Delamere Academy in 2013 where she has had experience working within key stage 2 and is currently working as a Teaching Assistant in Hatchmere class.


Karen Dodd 
Teaching Assistant (1:1 support) 

 Karen has been working as a TA for 6 years, most of that time has been spent working as a 1:1 with children with additional needs. Karen has a foundation Degree in Teaching Assistance and after taking a year out of study and work due to having her second child, she is currently finishing a BA Hons in Childhood and youth professional studies, at the University of Chester. Karen has a keen interest in Makaton (child sign language) and is aiming to achieve a teaching qualification for Makaton to teach it within school.


 Oakmere Class


Demi Lewis 
Class teacher 

 Demi completed a three year BA (Hons) degree in Primary Education at Chester University, where she gained experience working in both KS1 and KS2. Last year, Demi completed the final placement of her degree in Sandymere and is excited to continue the journey with them in Blakemere.


Kate Carroll 
Teaching Assistant

After working as cabin crew travelling the world for British Airways, for many years, Kate took a career break to raise her family. She then discovered a passion for baking and turned this into a successful small business. As a parent of two children attending Delamere Academy,  Kate has taken an active part in school life for a number of years both as a volunteer and a member of the PTA, eventually becoming Chair. Her enthusiasm for children and education led her to train as a classroom assistant and in the last year she worked with Oakmere class while gaining her Level 2 Teaching Assistant qualification.


 Hatchmere Class 

    Siân Birks  BA (Hons), EYPS, QTS

 Class Teacher (Mon, Tues, Wed and Thurs) and KS1 French 

Siân has been a member of the team since 2013, originally teaching in Early Years before going on maternity leave to have her son.  Since returning, Siân has taught in KS1 and KS2 as well as being the Languages Teacher for Early Years and KS1. Siân has several years of experience in Schools, Nurseries and Children’s Centres, working with children and families.   


 Natalie Inskip 

 Class Teacher (Thurs and Friday)

Natalie has been a member of the team since 2015, originally teaching in Key Stage 2 before going on maternity leave to have her son last year. This year, Natalie is looking forward to joining the EYFS team and teaching part-time in Hatchmere class.  

Judith Lathaen
Teaching Assistant

Judith previously trained and worked as a nurse before taking a career break to bring up her three children. Judith then joined Delamere Academy in 2013 and completed her TA training. Since working at Delamere Academy Judith has worked as a 1:1 support and as the part-time Teaching Assistant in Hatchmere.  In her spare time Judith is the Cub Leader for her local Scout group. 



Jamie Hunt 

Teaching Assistant 

 After studying music for three years at Liverpool Hope University, Jamie recently completed his PGCE at the University of Chester from which he worked at Delamere academy in with Year 5. During the summer he traveled around Italy teaching English and is now joining us in Reception as a TA. He will also be teaching Italian to KS2.



School Counsellor 


Lia Roberts

Lia is an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and holds and Masters Degree in Integrative Counselling. She has been running counselling services in primary and secondary school settings since 2003 working in settings such as the NSPCC; the YMCA; University of Leeds and Barnsley Academy.

Lia works on a Tuesday morning each week and is available at break times for the children to have drop-in sessions. 


PE Teacher

Tom Freeman (BA Hons)
PE Teacher/ Designated Safeguarding Lead

Tom completed a BA (Hons) degree in Sports Development and PE at Liverpool John Moores University, before going on to successfully gain Qualified Teacher Status on a Physical Education PGCE at Edge Hill University. Tom has been teaching PE at Delamere Academy since 2013 and also works one day per week at the Academy Trust secondary school - Rudheath Senior Academy.

Tom is the English Schools FA Primary Representative for Chester whose role is to organise football leagues/ tournaments and cup competitions for all schools in the local area. 

Outside of teaching, Tom works as an Academy Recruitment Scout for Everton Football Club. 




Carolyn Oliver BSC (Hons) CSBM

Carolyn is a qualified experienced Bursar with a Certificate in School Business Management gained in 2008 from the National College of School Leadership. Carolyn has worked at Delamere for 10 years, and is responsible for all aspects of school administration including budget management and health and safety. She previously worked in industry for several years, having gained a BSC (Hons) in Animal Nutrition from Newcastle University.



Administration Assistant


Loraine Garner 
Assistant SENDCo and Higher Level Teaching Assistant  

A qualified NNEB and experienced Teaching Assistant, with a successful career in Local Government spanning 38 years across Finance and Education. Joining Delamere in 1997, her significant achievements have been gaining her HLTA status in 2008 along with her Advanced Diploma in Special Educational Needs in 2013 with Leeds Metropolitan University. Loraine's strengths lie in Additional Educational Needs and Pastoral Support (medical conditions and procedures). 



Site Manager

Gordon Burdell
Site Manager

Gordon has had an extensive career at ICI working as a Health and Safety Manager up until early retirement in 2011. Gordon works five hours each day and makes sure our site is safe and secure for your children.



Mike Huntbatch


Mike worked as a self employed builder for 46 years. He then worked for Henkle in technical services up to retiring in 2016. 




Children with additional needs (SEND)

All schools have children who may require additional support at stages in their lives. This may be short term or longer term. All children need to feel safe and secure in the environment in which they learn, and at the Academy we work incredibly hard to make sure that every child achieves their best. We treat all children as individuals and make sure that their education is tailored to their needs. Our teachers are excellent and work extremely hard with all children in their care. We also have school SENCo in Miss Hume; If you would like to discuss your child's needs with her please do not hesitate to contact the school or Miss Hume direct on the following email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Information on all local authority services can be found in the IAS service overview at the bottom of the page, also particulars of educational and welfare provision for pupils with EHC plans can be found on our school SEND policy.  

The school follows a compliant procedure (see complaints policy below ) and this will be followed for any SEND complaints. If you have a query or complaint regarding your child and their Special Educational Need please initially talk to your class teacher. This query will then be discussed and resolved by our Inclusion Manager. If you feel this issue has not been dealt with sufficiently or you still need further advice please inform the Head of School or Governing body.  

The information below should also help you with some queries you may have.

SEN and Disability - this report explains how we deal with all areas of SEND and shows the progress pupils have made.

Local Offer- this shows the services offered by Cheshire West and Chester.

This website also has lots of information and ways to help at home 

Lia Roberts- School Counsellor


Lia is an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and holds and Masters Degree in Integrative Counselling. She has been running counselling services in primary and secondary school settings since 2003 working in settings such as the NSPCC; the YMCA; University of Leeds and Barnsley Academy.

Lia works on a Tuesday morning each week and is available at break times for the children to have drop-in sessions.



Nunsmere Homework Timetable

Nunsmere Home Learning

A home learning grid will be given out at the start of each half term.

Over the half term you need to have completed each of the tasks and they should be evident in your folders (sometimes the evidence may be powerpoint slides or research, or it may be in the form of photographic evidence in the case of a presentation).

If you have built or made something, your class teacher will take photographs of this to put into your home learning folder.

You need to choose ONE task per week and hand this into school every Friday.

Each half term the children will have:

  • 2 pieces of maths
  • 2 pieces of literacy
  • 1 topic/science/RE
  • 1 personal development

Each week the children will also have:

  • Weekly Spellings
  • Weekly Times Tables set
  • Reading to an adult at least 3x per week at home

You can also log in to TT Rockstars and Purple Mash at home. 



Modern Foreign Languages

From reception to Year 2 the children learn French with Mrs Birks and in ks2 they learn Italian with Mr Hunt. 

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CARE stands for Creativity , Aspiration. Resilience and Empathy.CARE lessons provide the children with an opportunity to develop their social skills and at the same time explore their feelings and emotional wellbeing along with the feelings and emotions of others around them. They learn how choices and actions can affect them personally as well as those around them, and that choices and actions sometimes come with consequences.

The CARE planning includes learning about our British Values

These are:
  • democracy.
  • the rule of law.
  • individual liberty.
  • mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.

Physical Education at Delamere CE Academy

All PE lessons at Delamere are taught by a specialist PE teacher and also fully qualified coaches. Each child at KS1 and KS2 receives a minimum of two hours high quality PE and games teaching per week, which covers the full spectrum of the PE curriculum throughout the school year. In addition to this, all children from reception to year 6 are taught weekly swimming lessons by qualified swimming teachers and the school offers lane swimming each Tuesday for more able swimmers. As a fully-inclusive school, all PE is taught to enable each child to achieve their maximum potential through full participation. All lessons are exciting, stimulating and allow the whole child to focus on being healthy, fit and safe whilst developing a love of PE that should inspire them on further. PE is taught in single year classes in mixed ability groups.

Swimming takes place at three local pools each week. Lessons are taught following the National Curriculum for Swimming either by our qualified PE teacher or swimming coaches who all have ASA qualifications. A lifeguard is always present at each lesson. We charge a contribution of £3.00 towards transport to and from each lesson.

PE Kit
All children are required to wear Delamere Academy PE kit and appropriate footwear when taking part in PE lessons. PE kits should be brought in on a Monday morning and taken home at the end of the day on Friday. Please can parents ensure they label their child's PE kit. 

After School Clubs
The school offers a range of additional sporting opportunities that are open to a variety of year groups after school. These are either taught by school staff or qualified coaches. They offer diversity and a range of sporting choices that hopefully lead into children taking up sports outside of the school with different clubs. The majority of these clubs are offered free of charge and we try where possible to offer the opportunities to as many children as possible throughout the year.

Extra-Curricular Sport
In all year groups, the children will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of extra-curricular sports, competitions and activities. The school is a member of two competition networks (Chester School Sports Partnership and Sandstone Partnership) and sporting success forms a rich part of school life. Our aim is that all children have the chance to represent the school at least one time per year in the time they are at school and also that through competitions we will encourage children to form links with external clubs where their skills can be refined and perfected. Not all children thrive in the competition environment and for some it can be quite daunting to compete. As a school we will always endeavour to pick teams that we think have the opportunity to compete competitively, fairly and represent the school to the best of their ability. We will always attempt to be fair and transparent in our selection of teams and will try to make sure that as many children as possible can compete in the range of competitions throughout the year.

Intra-School Sport
Throughout the year we follow the Sainsbury's School Games competition pathway to motivate and inspire your children to take part in more competitive school sport.

The Games are made up of three levels of activity: competition in schools, between schools, and at county/area level.

Intra-school (Level 1) are sporting competitions for all children in school through intra-school competitions. Using our existing house system all of the children will gain experience of competitive sport through end of unit competitions during PE lessons, Sports Week and Sports Day.



The Arts

The Academy goes 'above and beyond' with art, with many professional artists visiting the school to provide expert tuition in how to work with a variety of media, techniques and themes. Whole school Art Days are a common feature, so that our pupils gain the opportunity to focus on bigger projects and really express their creative side.

The teaching of music at the Academy is based upon the fact that it is a creative and social art, something to be enjoyed. Children have the opportunity to enjoy musical experiences through singing, instrumental lessons, movement, dance and musical performances. Across the school children take part in regular singing sessions and assemblies, often working towards performances such as the latest production of 'Joseph'. Peripatetic music teachers visit school on a regular basis to provide instrumental lessons such as violin, keyboard and guitar to name a few. In addition to this, we employ a class teacher with a music specialism, offering singing lessons to all the children in the school and who leads the choir.

Drama and performance play a prevalent part within Academy life. With a focus on self-esteem and confidence building, our children learn the skills to confidently perform – whether it is the courage to talk in assembly or to perform in a production. In the past our pupils have benefitted in the past from weekly workshop sessions with a trained actress and get the opportunity to learn and practice skills that will serve our pupils later in life. In the past children in KS2 have also had the opportunity and have successfully achieved (with either a pass, merit or distinction) a LAMDA award. This highly recognisable award is extremely difficult to achieve.

Rivalling most of the well-known drama schools, our Academy offers an hour each of singing, acting and dancing tuition within our curricular timetable per week. In addition to this, after-school clubs are available if there is a particular flair.

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