Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers

Coping Calendar: Keep Calm. Stay Wise. Be Kind

Stay at home, stay safe, stay in touch-

-your second weekly update from Marish Academy Trust.

Last week we contacted most families who have children at Marish or Willow by phone to see if you needed any help with education resources or provisions for your family. If you are one of the few we haven’t managed to reach yet, please call the Marish School office on 01735 819900.

We will contact everyone again this week and make the offer of a food parcel and any help with educating your children at home you may need. So, in future, if you see a withheld number on your phone, please pick up, as it is likely to be your child’s teachers phoning from their homes.

We have already delivered dozens of food parcels and will deliver another one to each family on the list this week. However, if your circumstances have changed and your family now needs help, please tell the staff member who calls you.

From today, Monday 30th March, the government hoped to a have a grocery voucher scheme up and running, but for many of you the issue is getting out to get provisions. We have therefore decided to continue with food parcels for at least the next couple of weeks. Please beware of signing up for vouchers online, because as your child will tell you, you should never give your bank details out until you have checked it is safe to do so.

If your child has an ECHP or you are called into work as key worker or volunteer, we are happy to care for them at Marish Primary School. If you need them collected to come to school, this can also be arranged. Please contact the or to make arrangements. Willow is closed but any children on roll at Willow whose parents are key workers can attend Marish whilst the lockdown remains in force including over the school holidays.

Any new updates or resources will be uploaded to this page or the home learning pages regularly, so watch this space.

Take care and keep in touch, Mrs Denham, the staff team, governors and trustees.

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Welcome to the Website of Marish Academy Trust- from 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 draw your attention to the consultation on our new Relationship and Sex Education Policy which will run between now and the end of February 2020. (Please see the links below and send any feedback to either school office using the usual email addresses.) Having explored the new guidance thoroughly, let me reassure you that Marish and Willow Schools are already compliant and will not be changing what we teach. An appendix to the draft policy has been written to show parents exactly what we teach and when and how this maps to curriculum requirements.


This consultation 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.


In 2019 both Marish and Willow were 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 3% 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 Gill Denham

Mrs Denham teaching her Greater Depth Maths set.

British Values:

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/ Relationships and Sex Education Policy/ Understanding Relationships and Health Education in
your child’s primary school – Please click on the link below:

The Parliamentary Review

Coronavirus Updated Information


School Performance Tables

Parents Questionnaire Analyses


Parent View results for Willow Primary School

Privacy Notice and Data Protection


Coronavirus Updated 1

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International Language

This month’s International Language of the Month is Russian! Inspired by the scheme, a child in 5O took it upon herself to write out an entire sheet of Russian phrases in her spare time. Her father Read more…

Parent Consultation Evening

Parent consultation will be taking place on Monday 16th March and Thursday 19th March. Bookings can be made via the pupil asset website: If you have have not yet logged in please use your email address Read more…

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