Friends of Willow

Willow Academy is very happy to be supported by a group of parents known as the Friends of Willow. 

They have, for many years, been invaluable in contributing their time, energy and enthusiasm to many events across the school year and have worked tirelessly to raise money for different projects which have benefited the children enormously.

In each school year they host and run:-

  • FS/Year 1 - Pantomime
  • Year 2 - Beetle Drive
  • Year 3/4 - Snowman Disco
  • Year 5 - Fancy Dress and Barbecue
  • Year 6 - Leavers Disco

And they help us with many other events.

They have also raised funds to provide extra books, playground equipment, staging, Foundation Stage play equipment, computers and plant boxes (to name just a few).

If you would like to be part of Friends of Willow please contact the school office and we will put you in touch.

We are developing our range of opportunities for parents to actively participate in supporting their children in school to include the following:

The Friends of Willow – Please join our P.T.A as we are always looking for new members and new ideas. They organise various events throughout the year. These events will raise money that will enable us to buy equipment that might not otherwise be available to the school.

Parent Governors – From time to time the governing body recruits new members. If you are interested in becoming a school governor, please let one of our existing governors or the school office know.

Parent/teacher consultation days/evenings – These provide a chance to find out how your child is achieving. There are consultation evenings in the Autumn and Summer terms but staff are happy to update you at any time if you arrange a meeting with them. A written report is sent home at the end of the Summer Term.
Parent Forums/ Information sessions – There are opportunities to attend sessions where areas of the academy curriculum are discussed and explained in detail. These will run at least three times a year by the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team and you are invited to discuss a range of issues relating to practice in school. This in turn informs our decision making.

ASPIRE workshops – These will provide opportunities for you to come and find out more about learning at Willow Academy and undertake some enjoyable ‘hands on’ activities with your child.

Academy newsletter – We will distribute a school newsletter at fortnightly with all the latest news and information.

Academy website – Keep up to date by visiting:

Twitter – we have a twitter account @AcademyWillow where you can follow the academy’s progress and see what great activities we have been doing with the children. 

Reward Assemblies – from February 2017 parents will have the opportunity to be part of the celebration assembly when your child is recognised for demonstrating an ASPIRE behaviour (Achieving, Self-Motivated, Positive, Independent, Respectful, Engaged).

Stay and Play events –Foundation parents will be invited to stay and play.

We place great importance on seeking the views of parents and carers and is always working towards providing more opportunities in this area. We will (and Ofsted!) carry out regular surveys to elicit the views of both parents and pupils. Analysis of these will in turn feed in to our Academy Development Plan.

We aim to always listen to the views and concerns of parents and carers who are encouraged to discuss all issues with staff or the head teacher as they arise. Parent’s concerns are treated seriously and dealt with sensitively in order to resolve the issue.

We have a dedicated email address for parental feedback

Meetings are held with appropriate staff and/ or the Headteacher, until the matter is dealt with to everyone’s satisfaction. Parent’s evenings are held twice a year and provide an opportunity for staff to update parents on their children’s progress and maintain dialogue between home and the academy. All Parents receive newsletters and dates for diaries. Some parents are involved in using home/academy journals to support their child’s learning. A few parents attend meetings with the Pastoral Care Manager to access support for themselves or receive updates on their child.

Parents are also invited to support with class trips and other aspects of school life that may interest them. Please get in touch if you can offer support.