Information for Parents
Welcome to the parent pages. Here you will find useful information regarding your children's learning, resources to help support your children at home and general information regarding school services that you can use.
The School Day
The school gates open at 8:30 and class doors open at 8:35 Monday - Friday. School ends at 3:10 Mondays - Thursdays and at 1:30 on a Friday. Please ensure your children arrive and are collected promptly.
Children in Y5 & Y6 can, once a signed consent form has been received, walk alone to and from school. Please ask at the office for a consent form. Children in Y5 & Y6 who walk to and from school alone are allowed to bring a mobile phone to school but it must go into the class phone box and be stored in the school office from the beginning to the end of the day. Should we have concerns around attendance, lateness or behaviour on route to school, consent to walk home can be revoked.
Dates for the diary
Please see the school calendar for holiday dates, inset days and other events and timetabled activities that are happening throughout the year.
Feeding Hungry Minds
Children can have a hot meal every day prepared freshly in our school kitchen by ISS. Children have 3 meal choices including a vegetarian option for £2.30 a day. Payments can be made online at www.feedinghungryminds.co.uk Menus are sent out in advance and choices can be made by parents at home or by pupils in school. A sample menu can be downloaded using the buton below. Reception and KS1 are entitled to a free school meal everyday.
all uniform and pe kit must be named
The Willows school uniform is:
• White shirt/blouse or blue/white polo shirt, blue Willows sweatshirt (preferably with logo)
• Grey/black skirt, trousers or pinafore
• White, black or grey socks or black, blue, grey tights.
• Smart black shoes (no flip flops, boots, trainers, and no shoes with high heels permitted)
• For the summer term blue checked dresses and grey/black school shorts can be worn.
The Willows PE kit is:
• Blue T-shirt (logo optional), Black shorts and plimsolls or trainers
• Black, grey or blue track suit for cold weather
• P.E kit bag
Earrings – simple plain studs – no hoops or other styles (Health and safety)
These should be removed or taped up for PE
We advise children with long hair to wear it tied up for health and safety reasons and to prevent incidents of head lice
Brightly coloured hair is not allowed in school.
No make up or nail polish of any kind.
We are now a cashless school so all payments need to be made using the School Money website. Register by visiting School Money
Breakfast & After School clubs
We provide wrap-around child care for parents who need it. Information and booking forms can be collected from Reception or found by clicking on the following link Breakfast & After-school club. Payments and bookings must be made in advance of the session and completed using the School Money link above
In the rare event of adverse weather, we will inform parents as soon as possible if the school is closed. If you do not hear otherwise from school then we will be open as usual. If you are unsure you can check West Berks School Closures
We have an extremely active PTFA who support the school and provide fab fund raising events for children and parents. Find out more information by clicking here.
Expressing your concerns
As a school we take your concerns very seriously. There are a number of ways you can communicate with staff including;
Talking to a member of the pastoral team (Mrs Green & Mrs Smith). Our Pastoral support workers are available every day and can be grabbed for a quick chat on the gates at the beginning and end of the day.
Speaking to your child's class teacher/ teaching assistant. Class teachers are available at the end of the day when children are dismissed from classes as well as at Parent's evening and other scheduled meetings and events.
Talking to our office staff at Reception. A lot of messages can be relayed via the school office.
If you feel that your concerns have not been dealt with or for issues of a serious nature the office staff will put you in contact with a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
Homework or home learning is an opportunity for children to reinforce and embed the learning they have completed in school. For children in KS2 homework also ensures readiness for secondary school. In the younger years there is a larger emphasis on early reading and maths skills and we hope this helps families to understand some of the strategies and processes that we use in school to teach these essential skills.
At the start of each academic year we will hold information evenings for each key stage where you can find out more about the homework your child may be set. Alongside this we also offer parent information sessions on maths, phonics and reading each year to share some of the strategies we teach and ways that you can support at home. This information can also be found on our English, Maths and Phonics pages.
We are always looking for volunteers to come in and hear readers and help with other learning activities in school. If you are interested, please contact a member of our office team and they will take your details.