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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...

Please click on the Transition letter below to see the latest information from Mrs Sumner

New reception starters parents online meeting 5th July 2021

This is the recording of the parents induction meeting on 5th July. It will be useful to all parents of children starting Reception in September 2021.

Parents Information Sessions for parents of children starting in September 2021


Please join us for one of our online sessions to find out about our welcoming, happy and vibrant community.  We would love your child to join the Willow Family next September.  We have sessions on:


16th November 5 - 6pm

25th November 5 - 6pm

7th December 5 - 6pm

6th Jan 5 - 6pm 


Please see the attached flyer for further details.



Here is a message from Mrs James, the CEO of the Inspiring Futures Academies Trust to welcome you to our school:

Meet the Reception Teachers

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Please click on the videos to meet Mrs Brown and Miss Ellway.

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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



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