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Head of School
Mrs M Malhi
Welcome to Willow Bank Primary School
I would like to extend a very warm welcome to the whole Willow Bank Primary School community.
At the heart of our curriculum is a belief that all children have the potential to excel in all areas. At Willow Bank we do our utmost to ensure each child excels through our five school values...
British Science Week 5th - 14th March 2021
Next week is British Science week, 5th March to 14th March 2021. Please see attached flyer and keep an eye on twitter and facebook for daily news next week.
CEO Welcome Letter
Dear Parents and Carers,Firstly, I would like to thank you for the continued support you have shown to our schools and to thewider Woodland Trust throughout the duration of the pandemic, and more recently since January whenwe entered this new phase of loc...
Festival of Literature
'Willow Bank is very excited to be taking part in the 'Festival of Literature' from the 2nd to the 12th of February. During this time authors and illustrators of children's literature will be streaming live readings of their work. There will be several li...
Supporting Home Learning Routines
Dear Parents and Carers,Please see attached The Education Endowment Foundations guide to daily routines, please tweak, edit and amend as you feel appropriate for your child/children.You may find these helpful to establish routines in your homes. Can you p...
Message from Mrs Malhi, regarding reopening of school in January 2021
Dear Parents and CarersI hope that you and your family had an enjoyable Christmas, notwithstanding the Covid-19 restrictions that we are all living with.As you know, we have worked incredibly hard since the start of the pandemic in March to keep our schoo...
Big Bang Day - Friday 8th January 2021
Big Bang Day is on Friday 8th January 2021 where the children will do lots of interesting learning on set topics. Please see attached file to see what these topic are and what the children can dress up in.
Christmas Jumper Day - 11th December 2020
Put this date in your diary, it is Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 11th December and all the children can wear a Christmas Jumper and donate a £1 for Save the Children. Your donations have been amazing this year, let see if we can keep it up. Thank you for...
Christmas Lunch - Friday 11th December 2020
Friday 11th December will be Christmas Lunch Day. The cost of this meal will be £2.30 which needs to be paid in advance through the Arbor app (we are a cashless school). Please see the menu attached for you to take a look. Merry Christmas!
Self-Care Top Tips for Young Parents & Carers
Please find attached a booklet with top-tips in self care for young Parents & Carers.
Modern Foreign Language Day at Willow Bank Primary School
Saludos Amigos,On Thursday we will be celebrating MFL day at Willow Bank. All KS2 children have been learning Spanish, this festivity will introduce KS1 to the importance of learning different languages. This also give us a chance to celebrate the many la...
Message from Bexley’s Director of Public Health
Please see a letter from Bexley's Director of Public Health regarding the processes that need to be followed regarding Covid 19 to keep everyone safe.Thank you for your support!
Returning to primary school: what parents need to know
Dear Parents/Carer,Please see attached the Lyfta Launch Letter, it is a new app to help enhance the enjoyment of your children's learning during this difficult period. It explains what it is, how it works to give you some understanding before it's launch ...
Covid-19 - Phased Return - Year 6
Dear Parents and Carers,Please find attached a letter from The Trust and Willow Bank's Head of School with information regarding the slow phased return of pupils starting with Year 6.Further information will follow during tomorrow and how this will be imp...
Covid-19 Update from the Chief Executive
Dear Parents and Carers,Please find attached a letter from our Chief Executive regarding the possible opening of our school and how we intend to implement the Government guidelines to try and keep our students, parent and staff safe during this process.
Bexley Library Services
Dear Parents and Carers, Please find attached a letter from Bexley Library Services with links for your children to access during this difficult time. These links will also be available on the Children's Learning Zone tab for you to use.Stay safe and Than...
Covid-19 update to Parents and Carers
Dear Parents and Carers,I hope you and your families are all keeping well.Following the governments guidance on the 23rd March we just wanted to draw out the key messages for our parents and carers.
How to Access Google Classroom
Stay at Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives
Critical Workers letter 20.03.20
Dear Parents and Carers,Following on from Mr Morrow's letter of 18th March with regards to the closure of the school, please see the attached letter for an update on those who are defined by the Government as being eligible to access ongoing provision dur...
New News Article
Dear Parent and Carers,Can we please remind you to check your ParentMail accounts as this is where all the latest information will be sent, so it is vital that you keep an eye on this to know what is happening at Willow Bank Primary School.Many thanks for...
School Closure 19.03.20 to 20.04.20
Dear Parents and Carers, 18th March 2020I never expected to write a letter like this, but we all find ourselves in an unexpected situation.You will of course all be aware of the developing situation around Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Government’s ongoi...
School 2 Day Closure
Dear Parents and Carers,Following on from the recent coronavirus developments, our Trust has made the decision to close all of our schools for a two day deep clean to ensure the safety of our children and communities.The deep clean will take place on Tues...
Willow Bank Primary Easter School Disco
We are sorry to tell you that following guidelines from outside agencies we have had to postpone the disco. We will inform you as soon as we have another date and thank you for your support and understanding.
World Book Day - Pyjamas Day - Thursday 5th March 2020
Today is World Book Day and the children can wear their pyjamas, but please remember to bring in a £1 for our fundraiser.We are all looking forward to a fun day and seeing all the children in their pyjamas.
Coronavirus update from Department for Education
Please find attached the latest information regarding the Coronavirus from the Department for Education. Thank you
NSPCC Number Day
NSPCC Number Day - Children Can Wear Something Related to Numbers £1 Donation!Join Willow Bank alongside thousands of schools for a mega maths-inspired fundraising day and raise moneyfor the NSPCC. Dress–up in your favourite number!
Parent/carer Engagement Survey
Parent/carer engagement surveyDear parents/carers,On Monday 3rd February you will receive an email from us with a special link to a short survey that we’d like you to complete.The survey will give you the opportunity to express your opinion on parent and ...
Times Table Rock Stars Come to Willow Bank
On Tuesday 28th January 2020 the children and staff can come in dressed up as theirFavourite Rock Star!
Willow Bank Primary School Volunteer Workshop
Come and join us at Willow Bank Primary School for a Volunteers Work Shop on Monday 20th January 2020 at 9.00-10.30. Whether your a volunteer already or considering becoming a volunteer come along and join us here at Willow Bank.
School Meals at Willow Bank this term! YUM
Our Delicious menu for the new term is out! please see below, or it can be found under the tab 'information for parents'. Dont forget our special SUPERHERO MEAL day will be taking place in January too! Further information below.
Behaviour Strategy - Parents Meeting Wednesday 18th December, 8.50am
Please come and join us on Wednesday 18th December at 8.50 where we will be informing you of our new behaviour and learning strategy. We look forward to sharing this with you and hearing your opinions before we introduce it in January 2020.
Could you collect a free donation for Willow Bank Primary School?
Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could collect a free donation for Willow Bank Primary School?There are over 3,000 shops and site on board ready to make a donation, including Amazon, e...
Getting Ready for the festive period!
13 December will be Christmas meal and Christmas jumper day! Help us raise money for our local hospice by donating £1 on the day. Make a difference this holiday period to the lives of others.
Christmas Jumper & Meal Day, Friday 13th December!
This Christmas, we will be raising money for the Bexley & Greenwich Hospice by joining in the fun on our Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 13th December. We will also be having the school Christmas meal on this day!It is one of the simplest and cosiest ways ...
Friday 15th November Pyjamas Day for Children in Need
Support Children in need on Friday 15th November and wear your Pyjamas to school for a donation of £1.Thank you for your kindness and generosity!
The Sun - Books For Schools
We need your help to collect 3500 tokens from The Sun and The Sun on Sunday between Sat 23rd Nov 2019 - Sat 18th Jan 2020. We will then return them so that we can receive our free book box from Collins Big Cat reading Scheme.There will be a box in the off...
Open Morning for Prospective Parents Tomorrow!
School Open Mornings taking place, come along!
Scholastic Book Fair!
Don’t forget that our latest Scholastic Book Club is now online at http://schools.scholastic.co.uk/willow-bank-se2. There are hundreds of fantastic children’s books to choose from, and every £1 you spend on this month’s Book Club will earn 25p for our sch...
Things to do over half term in the community.
Please find a list of events and activities taking place in our local community over half term!
Academic Year 20- 21 term dates are now available!
Please see the file attached for term dates for 2020-2021.
This Thursday, Young Minds Charity collection
This Thursday 10th October 2019, Willow Bank will be raising money for the charity Young Minds!!! Wear yellow on and donate £1 to the great cause. Thank YOU!!! further information on the charity can be found at https://youngminds.org.uk/
School photos! 8th November 2019!
Special menu as part of black history month celebrations
As part of our celebrations for Black History Month, on the final week of October we will have a special nutritious menu for our students! Have a look at what's on offer! YUMMY!
Willow Bank has been identified as a ‘Best Practice Representative’
Dear Parents and Carers,We are delighted to inform you that Willow Bank has been identified as a ‘Best Practice Representative’ in the 2019/2020 Primary Education Parliamentary Review.Please do follow the link below to read the article written by Mr Simbe...
Look what we have achieved as a school!
Gender Action is an award programme which promotes and supports a whole-school approach to challenging stereotypes. Willow Bank Primary have demonstrated our commitment to ensuring all young people can reach their full potential and gained this badge as a...
Snozzcumber anyone?Have a look at the menu for Roald Dahl day tomorrow, Friday 13th September 2019!Enjoy!
Please have a look at our school calendar for autumn term at Willow Bank for upcoming events and activities! Don't forget to save the dates!
ROALD DAHL DAY – FRIDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER 2019
On 13 September 2019, we will be celebrating the worlds, characters and stories of the world's no. 1 storyteller - Roald Dahl. Children will take part in storytelling, reading and writing activities based on Roald Dahl stories as well as enjoying a tasty...
Welcome to Willow- Our School Dog
Dear Parents and Carers,I am writing to inform you that we will have a new member of our school community. We have decided to have a school dog, along with other schools in our Trust as part of the on-going provision for wellbeing and mental health.Willow...
Dear Parents, Carers and Pupils,I am very pleased to be welcoming you all back after our summer break. I hope you have all had a wonderful time enjoying the weather together and are ready for a new year of learning.This year marks the launch of Willow Ban...
Admission to Secondary Schools in Bexley 2020
If your child is about to enter year 6 at Willow Bank Primary School find attached information from London Borough of Bexley regarding the Transfer to secondary school in September 2020.If you would like any of the attached documents printed, please let a...
Race for Life fundraising event - 1st July 2019
Come and join us for the Willow Bank Primary School Race for Life fundraising event after school 3.20-4.20.Make sure you join us for lots of fun activities on the field including throwing wet sponges at teachers' faces :-)Activities from 20p.Children are ...
School Closure this afternoon - 24th June 2019
Please can all parents/carers come and collect their child as soon as possible. Unfortunately, we need to close the school this afternoon following technical difficulties as a result of a leak/flood we had in school last week. Please keep checking the we...
Willow Bank Will Open As Normal
To all parents and carers,Thank you for your support today. We are able to confirm that the school has been checked and all technical difficulties have been rectified. Therefore school will be OPEN tomorrow as normal. We look forward to seeing you all the...
News Shopper Article: Willow Bank Bees
Please see an extract from the News Shopper highlighting the fantastic work the children and our teachers do with the bees. Our beekeepers have been successful in the safe capture and rehoming for 6 new hives.
Celebrating our Family of Schools
Congratulations to Peareswood Primary School on receiving a "Good" accreditation from OFSTED in their recent inspection. We are so proud of all the pupils and our colleagues, who all work extremely hard and absolutely deserve this achievement.
National Online Safety Certificate
Willow Bank Primary School is proud to announce that we have been awarded the NOS Certified School Community Status. A commitment to creating a safer online environment for our pupils. A huge thank you to all the members of staff for helping to achieve ...
Home Learning & Thinking
Please see attached for current Home Learning & Thinking.If you have any questions, please liaise with your child's class teacher.
Cancer Research - Race for Life
Your child would have received a Race for Life tube today. With this tube, we would love children over the half term and build up to the big race to collect as much money fortheir individual tubes. All proceeds will be going towards Cancer Research UK.
Parenting course at Northumberland Heath: 4th June 2019
Northumberland Heath Primary School are running a parenting course on learning strategies that help with dealing with children at different stages.Please see the attached poster for more information.
Scholastic Book Club
There are only two days left to order from our latest Scholastic Book Club. Just go to http://schools.scholastic.co.uk/willow-bank-se2 to browse the latest books and place your order.Every £1 you spend on this month’s Book Club will earn 25p for our schoo...
Bee swarm arrives at Willow Bank Primary School
Whilst the children were taking their first SATs test this morning, Mr Hayden and Mr Cook were busy looking after a swarm of bees that arrived on our school field. The bees were safely moved and are now settling into their new hive - wow, our eighth hive!...
Join our team as a Parent Governor
The CEO of the Woodland Academy Trust will be at Willow Bank Primary School on Wednesday 15th May, 2019 from 3.30pm. Come along and find out more about how you can contribute to our school community as well as our other schools in Bexley by becoming a pa...
Nominate Willow Bank Primary to be in with a chance of winning £5000 of books
We need as many of you to nominate our school on the National Book Tokens website to be in with a chance of winning £5000 of books - WOW, what an opportunity!Please nominate and invite others to do so too!Fingers crossed.https://www.nationalbooktokens.com...
Congratulations to the Art competition winners
We are so proud of the winning entries - look out for their artwork which will be displayed outside the school for the community to enjoy soon!First prize - Kindle Fire Second-Fifth prizes - Art Set Every child who submitted a competition entry will also...
Gold Level Green Mark Award awarded by KM Charity Team
Well done everyone - we are delighted to have been awarded the Gold level Kite Mark for everyone's efforts in walking to school each day!
Thank you to all the parents and carers that recently attended the three parent workshops run by Mrs Malhi, Mrs Edgar and Mr Talbot. We really appreciate you taking the time to come and find out more as well as share your views.Further information will b...
Scootfit - Coming Soon
Mr McGilly has arranged for Scootfit to come and visit Willow Bank Primary School on 3rd and 4th June, 2019. Every child in each class will have the opportunity to take part - more information will be shared.What a fabulous opportunity!
Race for Life Summer 2019
Let's teach Cancer a lesson! Join us in our fundraising.Fundraising Day – Monday 1st July 2019We will be having a non-school uniform day on this date where children will have the option of coming to school in the Cancer Research UK colours of pink, white...
And the winner is...... Durkan & WBP Art Competition
A huge thank you to all of the children who participated in the Easter Art competition run in conjunction with Durkan and Peabody. The Wider Leadership Team had tough decisions to make when choosing the top five winners!Winners will be announced soon - l...
Book Club Online
Please visit the Scholastic online website to browse the latest books and order online. For every £1 you spend on this month’s Book Club, our school will earn 25p in Scholastic Rewards.Orders must be placed online by Friday 17th May 2019.http://schools.sc...
Join Our Team - Become A Parent Governor
The CEO of the Trust, Dan Morrow, will be holding an open session at each of our Bexley schools in order to meet with interested parents: to talk more about the role, time commitment and expectations. Willow Bank is holding their session on Wednesday 15t...
Curriculum Coffee Mornings: Tuesday 30th April, Wednesday 1st May & Thursday 2nd May 9.00-9.30am
Mrs Malhi, Mr Talbot and Mrs Edgar would like to invite you to our curriculum coffee mornings as we are really interested in discussing your views to help us create a new and exciting curriculum for September 2019.Your ideas and thoughts for the new curri...
FREE Family Fun Day - 17th May
Peabody are organising a FREE family fun day at Tump 53 on Friday 17th May from 3pm-5pm. It is an ideal opportunity to find out what is happening in Thamesmead during the months ahead.
Welcome Back to the Summer Term
Dear Children, Parents and Carers, On behalf of all the staff, we welcome you back to school tomorrow. We hope that you have all had a restful Spring break. Summer term is going to be jampacked - Mrs Malhi will be sending out more information this week.W...
Willow Bank & Durkan Art Competition
Make our community brighter! Whilst the Peabody/Durkan regeneration project is underway, our school and Durkan have come together to invite all children to participate in an Art competition. Winning entries will see their artwork printed to be placed al...
Celebrating the partnership between Woodland Academy Trust and Just Imagine
We are so excited to be working alongside Just Imagine and the amazing Nikki Gamble to provide quality professional learning to our colleagues across the Woodland Academy Trust as well as across schools from our local area and further afield. #revealingt...
2019 National Curriculum Tests for KS1 & KS2
For Information on the 2019 national curriculum tests for Key Stage 1 & Key Stage 2 visit the Government website:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/key-stage-1-and-2-national-curriculum-tests-information-for-parents
Willow Bank Primary School would like to wish all of our families a very Happy Easter. We look forward to welcoming the children back on Tuesday 23rd April.
Teach Your Monster to Read
Teach your Monster to Read is a series of games that's helped millions of children master the first steps of reading. Registration is free - so take a look and enjoy! Follow the link:www.teachyourmonstertoread.com
Congratulations to WBP Dance Team
Representatives from Year 3 visited Knockhall Primary School to take part in the Intra-Trust Dance Competition.We are delighted that they came in second place! Well done to all involved.
Online Safety Pupil Survey Results
Please take a look at our recent survey completed by pupils by going to the Internet Safety Matters tab.
Congratulations - Girl's Football Team, March 2019
Well done to our Year 3 and Year 4 girls who participated in the Bexley Girl's Football Festival at Sporting Club Thamesmead - they were awarded a prize for demonstrating the best determination and also won a signed football from the Charlton Athletic Fir...
Phonics Information for Parents/Carers
We look forward to welcoming parents/carers of children in Year 1 and Year 2 who will be taking the Phonics Screening Check at our information session this afternoon.Please take a moment to review the powerpoint attached for further information.
Professor Bubbleworks will be coming to visit Willow Bank Primary School on 11th and 12th March 2019 as part of the focus for Science Week.Ask your child about their Science learning in the classrooms as the teachers have lots of exciting lessons planned!...
International Women's Day - 8th March 2019
Thank you to all of the children and teachers that contributed to the success of the day. Children found out about some inspirational women such as; JK Rowling, Megan Hine, Beatrix Potter and Emmeline Pankhurst. It was great to see so many parents and ca...
World Maths Day - 6th March 2019
For World Maths Day, children took part in lots of fun mathematical challenges.In Key Stage 1 children used tangrams to create shapes and tell stories.In Key Stage 2 children played a card game where they had to use the four operations and four numbers to...
World Book Day - 7th March 2019
For World Book Day we all came to school in our pyjamas.Children created reading rivers where they went on a reading journey and recorded everything they read along the river. This is a great idea for you to do at home!We also enjoyed a tasty book breakfa...
Comic Relief - 15th March 2019
Help Willow Bank Primary raise vital funds for Comic Relief on 15th March 2019.Children are invited to come to school dressed in red with a wild and wacky hairstyle.Suggested donation £1
International Women's Day - NHP
Northumberland Heath Family & Community Hub celebrate International Women's Day. For more information or any questions please contact Alison GoldingTel : 07833469361 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Come and join us to celebrate International Women's Day - 8th March 2019
We look forward to welcoming you after school on 8th March 2019 to celebrate all of the children's learning on this special day.
Developing Lifelong Readers and Writers
We are delighted to have set up a training partnership with Just Imagine to develop training across the South East. Just Imagine works extensively with schools in the UK and internationally to develop outstanding reading and writing schools, where stories...
Stay & Play at Northumberland Heath Primary School: Every Friday 1.30pm-3pm
Please come along and have fun with your under 5s!
Family Hub Drop In at Northumberland Heath Primary School
Please pop in for information & Advice.
Year 4 - What's on the Menu? February 2019
Pancakes were on the menu today when Laburnum and Almond Class enjoyed a fantastic HOOK day as part of the introduction to their new IPC topic. Children were welcomed by Chef Bingley and Chef Lockyer to their new restaurants (classrooms!). It was fantas...
Our Community is important - Durkan Community Newsletter
Please see attached newsletter for further information from Durkan/Peabody about recent regeneration project events and news. Willow Bank Primary School will be working with Durkan on a number of initiatives - look out for further information coming out ...
Week ending 26/02/2021
Week ending 18/12/2020
Whole School Attendance
24 February 2021
Dear Parents and Carers
As you know, we have worked incredibly hard since the start of the pandemic in March to keep our school as safe as possible, and that work has continued. I would like to thank our incredible staff for their commitment and professionalism.
The Government has announced that while most primary schools will re-open as planned on Monday 4th January 2021, there are some areas of the while most primary schools will re-open as planned on Monday 4th January 2021, there are some areas of the country where this will not be the case and where schools will re-open later, because of high rates of Covid-19 transmission. Willow Bank Primary School, as it is in Bexley, is one of those areas.
This means that:
• If your child is classed as vulnerable or if you or your partner is a key worker, then your child will return to school on Wednesday 6th January
• If your child is not classed as vulnerable and if neither you nor your partner is a key worker, then your child will not return to school until at least Monday 18th January, although the Government has not set a date for our school’s re-opening and is keeping this under review. Your child is expected to engage fully with their remote learning during the weeks of 6th January and 11th January (and beyond if our school opens later than 18th January) so that they keep up with their education. I will of course let you know as soon as the Government decides that the school can re-open to all pupils, including your child
As before, a great deal of planning and risk assessment has gone into ensuring that our school continues to be as safe as for pupils and staff, in line with latest Government and Public Health England guidance. We will continue to take decisions in the best interests of our pupils, working with you and keeping you informed every step of the way.
You may also have heard that testing for those without coronavirus symptoms will be conducted in some schools this term. However, this relates only to secondary schools and therefore we are unaffected.
I hope that the information in this letter is helpful and clear but if you have any questions, please do email these to email@example.com
In the meantime, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very happy New Year. Please do continue to take care and stay safe.
Mrs M Malhi