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  • The Willows Primary School
  • Downing Close,
  • Ipswich,
  • Suffolk,
  • IP2 9ER

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Newspaper Article of the School's 'Dramatic Improvements'

The school has been featured in an Ipswich Star article in relation to the school being recognised by Amanda Spielman (Ofsted's Chief Inspector) for the improvements made and the positive comments it received during its recent Ofsted Inspection.

Welcome to Miss Megan Glazin

We would like to introduce Miss Megan Glazin, who will be joining The Willows Primary School's senior leadership team after the Easter break 2020. Miss Glazin will be taking up the post of Senior Teacher working alongside Mr Arch and Mrs Hunt. Miss Glazin has written the following to introduce herself;
It's definitely a strange time to be starting a new school - in an already crazy time - but I'm very excited to be joining you all at The Willows. I was lucky enough to meet some of you during my visits and it was great to see what life at The Willows was like. I loved how welcoming everybody was, hearing all about your trips and visits, as well as your fantastic Forest School. I look forward to working with all of the staff, children and families once we are able to return to school.
I hope you are all staying safe and well. See you soon!

Miss Glazin



End of Spring Term Message to Parents/ Carers;

Dear Parents/ Carers;
Today we say goodbye to the majority of our pupils and parents. We don’t know when we will see many of you again, but you will be in our thoughts and prayers over the coming weeks. Staff we will be posting regular work ideas and tasks on Class Dojo and will also try to leave video messages as well, so that the children can still see their teachers. We would love the children to post pictures and information about their home learning on their Class Dojo class page. Teachers will also be awarding a virtual ‘star of the week’ award to someone who impresses with their home learning. All the pupils have brought home learning packs today (and they have also been delivered to those currently absent from school). In the packs are some maths and reading books for the children to complete (teachers will leave a message on Class Dojo which pages to complete each day) and a sheet with topic and science learning ideas and reference to useful web-sites. An exercise book has been sent home for children to write reports, diary accounts about their days and stories. We will also provide additional work and ideas via Class Dojo and Face book. If you need any help with the work set, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher via Class Dojo between 9 am and 3.30pm.

Many parents have spoken to myself and Mrs Hunt about the time-tables they have planned for their children’s learning which sound really exciting and will certainly keep the children busy during this period of uncertainty. However, although the idea of being off school for a long period of time sounds awesome (at least for the children), I am sure they are also feeling scared right now as well as anxious. They have never experienced anything like this before. It is therefore important to look after their well-being (and yours as a parent) during these difficult times, just as much as it is to ensure they are still learning.

Over the coming weeks, you may see an increase in behaviour issues with your kids. Whether it’s anxiety, or anger, or protest that they can’t do things normally - it will happen. You may see more meltdowns, tantrums, and oppositional behaviour in the coming weeks, but this is normal and expected under these circumstances.

The most important thing all our children need right now is to feel comforted and loved. To feel like it’s all going to be ok. And that might mean that you rip up your perfect schedule and instead play outside and go on walks (ensure to keep 2 metres distance from other people), bake biscuits, paint pictures, play board games, read books and snuggle under warm blankets watching films.

Please also do not worry about your child’s progress declining whilst they are not in school. All children across the country are in the same situation. When schools open again, we will endeavour to do our best to enable children to catch up on missed time.

Finally, to our year 6 pupils, if, and I use the word ‘if’ schools do not open until September I just wanted to say well done on how hard you had been preparing for your SATs. I am proud of the progress you have all made. If we don’t open before September, we will invite you back for some kind of special event, so we can give you a proper send off.

Thank you to all the staff for their hard work and positive spirits during what can only be describe as a very challenge and unprecedented time.

Yours sincerely

Mr Paul Arch


Letter from Amanda Spielman

We were delighted recently to receive a letter from the head of Ofsted, Amanda Spielman, praising the school on school the achievements that have been recognised in our recent Ofsted inspection.