Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers

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Stay at home, stay safe, stay in touch-

-your sixth weekly update from Marish Academy Trust.

As we approach the end of the eighth week of school closure and of the lockdown, we now have some idea of the way forward and the recovery plan the government has devised. Home schooling remains a necessity for all for the next few weeks and for all primary year groups except years 1 and 6 and EYFS into June.  As predicted, social distancing and all sorts of other precautions will be part of the ‘new normal’ even when schools return.

The link below will take you to the government guidance about returning to school:

The Marish Academy Trust Team are looking forward to welcoming Year 1, Year 6 and EYFS pupils back to both schools from Monday 1st June. Willow Primary School will reopen that day and pupils in those year groups must return to their home school. The schools will also continue to cater for the children of key workers and those who are vulnerable for whatever reason.  Over the next couple of weeks, when you receive our keeping in touch phone call, staff will ask you to confirm that your children in Year 6, Year 1 and EYFS will be returning on 1st June. This is so we can make plans based on actual numbers, rather than just guesswork.

Do consult the list of key workers online to see if you meet the criteria and also your employer if in doubt. If you believe that you are a key worker, please ring the Marish school office to confirm a place in school for your child.

In the meantime, the resources on the home learning pages are updated regularly, so please check them at least weekly. The latest newsletter attests to the fact that many children are engaging in learning at home, but if you are struggling in any way with this, contact us using the usual email addresses above.

Please do not hesitate to ask, if your personal circumstances make it difficult for you to get out to the shops to buy food and other essentials. At Marish and Willow, we are committed to doing whatever it takes to ensure no one goes hungry during the lockdown.

Every week of the lockdown, we are committed to doing whatever it takes to support you. Together we can get through this.

 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

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