Welcome to the Website
of Willow Primary School
(part of the Marish Academy Trust)
Welcome to the Website of Marish Academy Trust- foreword by Executive Headteacher:
At our Trust we are committed to consulting parents and listening to children, mindful of the need to shape our curriculum and learning experiences to meet the individual needs of pupils who may one day be citizens of the 22nd century.
Before sharing some recent successes, I would just like to reassure you about one topic which I know parents are currently talking about. This is the release of the new Health and Relationships requirements published within the DFE Guidance and which will be statutory from 2020. We understand that this has caused concern for many parents about what will be taught, especially in primary schools. Having explored the guidance thoroughly, let me reassure you that Marish and Willow Schools are aready compliant and will not be changing what we teach. A leaflet will follow in the new year, showing parents exactly what we teach and how this maps to curriculum requirements. When our Relationship and Sex Education Policy is due for review next year, we will of course, consult parents.
This is typical of what you can expect from Marish Academy Trust. We are two truly inclusive primary schools in Slough whose aspirations for our children, include them making a positive difference to others as well the usual things such as the best possible outcomes and life chances.
Now read on to find out about our vison, values, ethos and curriculum. There is also information about key dates and forthcoming events as well as details of the many achievements of our children. Some examples are listed below:
In 2019 both Marish and Willow are in the top five of the league tables in Slough for attainment at KS2, because attainment is well above average nationally and for Slough. Over the past three years, both schools have been at the top of the table, for overall primary school progress performance at KS2 in Slough and in the top 2% of schools nationally at Marish in 2017 and at Willow in 2019.
- Marish Academy Trust’s best practice contributions are now published in the Parliamentary review 2018 p45 onwards and the Parliamentary review 2019, p57. onwards (See links below)
Our disadvantaged pupils and those with additional needs make do as well, if not better than the other pupils.
Marish Academy Trust’s commitment to improve even further is enshrined in our revised Trust wide logo and motto ‘Strive for the heights’ shown above.
To achieve this, we will continue to welcome people into our community, regardless of their backgrounds, ethnicities, faiths, age or skills. We focus on what we share: living or working in 21st century Slough and wanting the best outcomes and life chances for all our children. Here, diversity is a strength and rich resource, rather than a barrier. These aspirations apply to all members of the Marish/Willow Community and are summed up in our three diamond rules, our trust strap line and in fact, British values. Ask your child to explain what these mean in practice:
Three Diamond Rules:
Show respect and good manners at all times: Care for everyone and everything and Follow instructions straightaway, with thought and care!
Our Trust Strap Line:
Work to be outstanding,
Deserve to be outstanding,
Will be outstanding!
Mrs Denham teaching her Greater Depth Maths set.
Tolerance and inclusion, mutual respect for personal freedom, equality of opportunity and a celebration of the diversity of our community which enriches us all.
These values and our children’s understanding of them are key to creating strong, resilient young people and communities which are the hope of a brighter future.
Thank you for all your support in 2019- we look forward to continuing our successful partnership into 2020 and beyond.
For the Parliamentary Review – Please click on the link below:
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