Starting 'Big School'

Welcome to Willow's 'Starting Big School' page

This page is just for the children and parents who are getting ready to join our community by starting 'Big School'. 

You'll find lots of videos, resources and ideas to help prepare for such a special time in your child's life.  Keep checking back as we add more and more content over the coming weeks...

New Reception Parents' Meeting 2021 Recording


The Reception Environment at Willow Primary


Meet the Reception Teachers

Meet Mrs Brown

Please click on the video to meet Mrs Brown who is one of our Reception class teachers.

Meet Miss Elway

Please click on the video to meet Miss Elway who is one of our Reception class teachers.

The School Day

The gate from Alston Road opens at 8.45am each morning. 

The doors into school open at 8.50am, until 8.55am, children can enter any time between these times.

The school day starts at 9.00am with register, the gate is locked at this time.

Lunch time is 12.00pm - 1.05pm, with children having half of this time to eat and half to play outside.

At the end of the day, the gate from Alston Road opens at 3.00pm.

Children are seen out from their classroom, one at a time to their adult, at 3.05pm.

We will add more information about the day within school soon.

Food and Drink in school

All children are encouraged to bring a water bottle into school each day. They have free access to this throughout the day. 

All children are offered a piece of fruit from the selection delivered to us by the 'Fruit in School' scheme. This varies according to season and we have no control over what is sent. 

All children are able to have milk each day. This is free until they turn 5, after that you need to pay through 'Cool Milk'. You will be sent information about this.

We have a 'family service' lunch time, where older children serve the younger children, providing a happy and supportive environment. Presently, all children in FS2 and KS1 are able to have a free school meal, as part of the governments 'Universal Free School Meal' initiative. School meals are booked each week using the ParentPay scheme, which you will receive information about. There is always a vegetarian option and a main meal, with an additional choice of a wrap or jacket potato, alternating through the week. Children not having a school meal are able to bring a packed lunch. 

Please note - we are a NUT FREE school due to allergies in school.    

What to wear - our school uniform

All children should wear grey trousers or a grey dress or skirt, with a white polo shirt and a red cardigan or jumper with the school logo on it. In summer, red checked summer dresses or grey shorts may also be worn. 

Only the jumper or cardigan need to be ordered through the following website  Everything else can be purchased from your choice of shop.

Children should wear black shoes.

PE Kit

All children should have a PE kit in a named bag. Children should wear black shorts and a plain white t-shirt, with black pumps. They may also bring an outdoor kit with jogging bottoms and a jumper or jacket. 

Please help us by ensuring that ALL clothes and items are clearly named - we then have more chance or returning misplaced items back to where they belong! Thank you