DELAMERE Academy has joined an elite group of schools by winning Platinum status for their sporting provision.

The school is one of just a handful across west Cheshire to receive the top level of the School Games Mark.

Tom Freeman, PE teacher, said: “We make sure that all children can enjoy a wide and varied programme of activities aimed at developing self-confidence and self-belief.

“Everything we do stems from having fun and it is extremely rewarding to see how much they can achieve from simply enjoying being active.”

The Government-led initiative rewards schools that maintain consistently high standards, and Delamere had struck Gold in the previous five years.

Headteacher Julie Clayton added: “The pupils have an excellent understanding of their own wellbeing and the importance of exercise and other factors which positively affect them, and this reflects in their achievements.

“We feel very proud of our school and everyone who works so hard to help our children to thrive.”

The Platinum award is another feather in the cap for Delamere, which is top of the primary schools’ performance tables in west Cheshire – based on SATs results – and, last year, was one of less than 20 schools in the UK to receive the Wellbeing Award for Schools.