Welcome to Our School
Friday 3rd July 2020
Dear Parents and carers,
How fast the end of this strange academic year is approaching! As we move towards the end of the term, I wish to provide you with some updates. As always, you can ring the school office if you have a specific enquiry.
Since 1st June, we have been steadily increasing our bubbles in school for key worker children, Year 6 and finally Year 1. All our bubbles are now full to capacity with the amount of space and staff which we have on site. Therefore, if your child is absent for two consecutive days with no contact, we will assume that you no longer wish to have a place. Please notify school as normal if your child is going absent. Also, can I ask that you do not send your child to school if you have not had a place confirmed? Your support and cooperation is much appreciated.
2020-2021 Year Group Letter
A letter has been sent to your home address this week detailing our arrangements for classes in the 2020-2021 academic year. Depending on your postal service, you should have received this or will receive it shortly. A lot of thought and consideration has taken place before any decisions have been made. If you do not receive a letter by Wednesday 8th July, please contact school.
Phone call home
All teaching staff over the past few weeks have been making contact with our children who have not been in school since we entered lockdown in March. It has been pleasing to hear about the conversations which they have been having with the children and the stories of what they have been doing during their long time away from school. The team have tried to contact everyone a few times, but if for some reason they have not been able to contact you, please ring school and ask to speak to your child’s class teacher.
Free School Voucher
As you know (with a little persuasion from Marcus Rashford!), the Government have agreed to extend the Free School Meal voucher for the summer holiday. The company that has been running the scheme have asked that all final orders are placed a week before the end of the academic year. For our school, I will have to had ordered the vouchers by Friday 10th July.
Therefore, your voucher on Monday 6th July, will be for the remaining 2 weeks in school and the 6 week holiday. It will be the final voucher you will receive. It is important that if you do not receive your voucher on Monday, you contact school so we can check our system. I will not be able to order any vouchers after Friday 10th July.
End of Year Reports
Under normal circumstances, you would receive an end of year report which shows you how much progress your child has made over the academic year and what the next steps in their learning are. Although the children have been out of school for a while, I still felt it was important to give you a summary of their attainment for the year. Therefore, I am currently reading the children’s end of year reports and I will be sending them out to you during the final week of term. It is a shorter report than normal as a lot of the year has been not taken place. However, it will hopefully show you how your child has performed this year. If you do not receive your child’s report, please contact school.
I have made the decision that we close to children at 12pm on the final day of term for a variety of reasons (17th July) rather than the traditional 2pm. I hope this does not cause too much disruption for you and I appreciate your support.
Yesterday, the Government published their long awaited guidance on how schools will operate when we return in the Autumn term. The Government are planning, as we are, for the full return of children in September. As always with guidance, it is subject to change and requires careful consideration. Therefore, I will be working with other leaders in school next week to create a provisional plan for September. I will have this provisional plan out to you as soon as possible.
Another aspect which the children have missed out on this year is the opportunity for them to meet their new class teacher and spend some time with them. I have created a section on the school website called Transition. I will be asking the children’s new class teacher to keep this updated with news, photos, videos as appropriate so that you can share this with your child over the summer to try and reduce any anxiety. We will also be using the first few days back in school to work with the children on their transition both back into a new class and back into school life.
I will be writing to you again before the end of term with further updates. However, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school office. As always throughout this unprecedented time, the team and I appreciate your continued support.
On behalf of the staff and children here at Willow Tree Primary School, I would like to welcome you to our school and thank you for visiting our website. At Willow Tree, we pride ourselves on our warm and friendly atmosphere and hope that new parents and children will quickly feel part of our school family. It has been a privilege to be appointed as Headteacher of such a fantastic school and I look forward to working with you all over the coming months and years.
Our high expectations match the high quality teaching and pastoral care our children receive, regardless of their starting points or abilities. This guarantees that they have a great beginning to their learning journey at our school.It is important to us that the children are happy, confident and resilient and enjoy their learning, making the most of all the opportunities we have to offer. We ensure that all learning is purposeful and linked to children`s own experiences so they are engaged, challenged and become highly effective problem solvers and communicators.
Our curriculum is creative, inclusive and exciting. It provides children with a broad range of learning experiences which seek to nurture talents and acquire new skills in a hands-on and engaging way. It is our aim for all children to have a deeper understanding of the world around them and to become responsible and caring citizens of the future.
We hope that during their time with us your children will become confident, articulate, and inquisitive and endeavour to work in partnership with parents to achieve the very best provision for every individual.
I hope that you enjoy reading about what we have to offer. If you are looking for something in particular and are unable to find it, please don`t hesitate to contact the school and we will be happy to answer your questions.
Stuart Perkins, Headteacher