Welcome to the Website
of Willow Primary School
(part of the Marish Academy Trust)
Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome to Marish Academy Trust. Our ever-evolving learning community is made
up of over 1300 children in our two primary schools, Willow and Marish. In
December 2017, Marish was top of the recently released league tables, for overall
primary school progress performance at KS2 in Slough.
This is an exceptional achievement and with it has come some exciting
developments including an invitation to contribute to the 2018 Parliamentary
Review of Primary Education which will be published later this year.
None of this would be possible, without the contribution made by all stakeholders
to Marish Academy Trust. Over the last three years, children and staff, parents and
governors have worked tirelessly together to shape an ethos that enables everyone
to exceed expectations and become the best they can be.
Today, Marish and Willow are more than schools; rather they have become havens,
where children and whole families are supported and nurtured. In partnership with
parents and carers, we work together with other agencies raise aspirations for our
children. The impact of this strategy has been astounding:
- pupils’ attendance in both schools rose steadily from 2014 and exceeded 96%
in the academic year of 2016-17;
- persistent-absentee numbers have dropped every half term;
- there have been no permanent exclusions over the last eight years and, in
2018 fixed term exclusions are at an all-time low;
- pupils are well behaved, exemplify British values and make a positive
contribution to the community;
- pupils are well prepared for their secondary education;
- disadvantaged pupils attain as well as their non-disadvantaged peers;
- Marish and Willow’s results in 2017 were at or above national averages in
- key stage 2 progress at Marish was in the top 2% of all schools nationally;
- our resource-base provision for pupils with complex SEND is heavily
Marish and Willow are both heavily oversubsribed and all year groups have
a waiting list.
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: seek and act upon feedback; develop positive
partnerships with all stakeholders; work hard and do whatever it takes to make a
difference. 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!
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 so far in 2018- we could not have become so
successful without you.
Mrs H G Denham