Our changing School
The Wilmslow Academy Primary school is situated in the Dean Row ward of Wilmslow. The school originally opened as a primary school in 1959 and then, to accommodate rising numbers, split into an infant and junior schools on separate sites in 1970. The two schools (Oaklands Infant and Dean Row Junior School) amalgamated in 2007 in response to the national trends in falling rolls. A new school – Dean Oaks Primary - was totally refurbished and extended to put the school back together on the junior school site with an intake of 45 children a year. The school was extended to include 6 new classrooms, a sensory room, food technology room ICT suite and a music studio. Considerable improvements were also made to the external environment.
Following local consultation in 2014 the admission number increased from 45 to 60 because of the local rise in birth rates and the popularity of Dean Oaks, making the school a two form entry primary. The school was extended again in 2014 to include 2 further classrooms, a toilet block, an office, stock cupboard, group room and large nurture room.
In 2015 Dean Oaks became a 2 form entry primary throughout the school. All junior classes now have the potential to be 60 children per year group.
In 2016, Dean Oaks became The Wilmslow Academy and part of the Aspire Educational Trust.
The Wilmslow Academy School is a very popular school serving a diverse community and is an attractive, well-resourced school. We have high expectations of children in all areas of school life and the school is well supported by the parents. There is a strong community feel to the school.
At The Wilmslow Academy, we are constantly evaluating the quality of teaching and learning in our school. As a consequence, each year we write a school development plan to map out the improvements that we will make as a school. We focus our school development planning on the aspects of teaching and learning that will make the most significant impact on children’s attainment and progress.
Overall, attainment and attendance has been improving for a number of years. Improvements in all core areas have been our focus with initiatives to improve learning behaviours through a growth mind-set. A weekly Big Write session has been used to improve writing outcomes, which are now strong. As the school moves ahead, the school development plan places an increased emphasis on raising attainment in maths and on raising the attainment and progress of our disadvantaged children.