DELAMERE Academy has been ranked in the top one per cent of primary schools across the UK.

This is according to The Sunday Times in its Parent Power guide, which identifies the best schools in the country based on recent examination results.

The guide is recognised as the authoritative survey of schools, and it enables parents to compare a school’s performance against others on a local or national level.

And out of over 32,000 primary schools in the UK, Delamere Academy in Kelsall, near Tarporley, has been ranked as the 128th best, which is in the top 0.4 per cent nationally.

On average, across reading, writing and maths, 21 per cent of 11-year-olds are working to a higher standard than national levels, showing improvement on the previous year.

Headteacher Julie Clayton has put this success in the classroom down to the diversity of learning, which gives children new experiences outside the classroom.

She said: “We were 366th last year and 128th this year, which is brilliant news for the school and a testament to the hard work and attitude of staff and children.

“It is a real team effort and one we can collectively be proud of.

“Results like this prove that a nurturing ethos and a full and balanced curriculum really helps our learners to achieve great things.”

Delamere Academy was also named in the top ten of non-fee paying primary schools by Tatler magazine last year, based on the wealth of sports and activities on offer.

Steve Docking, CEO of North West Academies Trust who run the school, added: “Th school is hugely successful, not only in terms of its excellent SATs results, but also because it is thriving with happy, engaged children.

“It is testament to the hard work of all involved, who recognise the importance of giving children the best possible education.”

Acresfield Primary School in Upton, Chester, which is also run by NWAT, was ranked the 75th best primary school in the UK.