The Willows Primary School

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

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Welcome to the Willows Primary School

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At The Willows Primary School, we pride ourselves in putting our pupils at the heart of everything we do. We have developed a curriculum that develops their Reading, Writing and Mathematical skills, but also develops their understanding of the world around them.  The Willows allows them to explore their creative side, experience a range of sporting activities and develop an understanding of different faiths and cultures so that the pupils learn to respect and celebrate each other's differences and similarities. 


Equally important to us as a school is the care and well-being of all our pupils and we are proud of our specialist inclusion team which supports the pupils both academically and emotionally. The team is lead by the SENDCo Mrs Hunt (Deputy Headteacher) and includes a Family Support Worker, Learning Mentor and  a licensed Thrive Practitioner. The aim of our inclusion team is to work alongside children and their families to ensure that children are given the support they need to be in school, happy and learning.


In addition to the support provided by our inclusion team, we also have a wide range of teaching assistants that work throughout the school supporting pupils with a wide variety of additional needs.  Many of our teaching assistants are trained in providing support in specialist areas such as Speech and Language development, Lego Therapy, Gym Trial and also Dyslexia Support.  We also have a nurture provision which children can access at play-times and lunchtimes as an alternative to being outside on the playground. 

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The school prides itself on delivering a creative curriculum so that the children can learn with real-life activities. Pupils are taught both indoor and outdoor activities and these are linked to literacy and numeracy. Where possible staff enrich learning by inviting visitors into the classrooms and by planning well-linked trips to match both the schools development focuses and learning.


Our Outside Learning is supported by The Forest School. The children learn new skills such as cooking on fires, fire and knife safety and working with a range of natural materials, particularly willow which they harvest from our own site. Willow and Elder have been planted in the forest area to enable a sustainable resource for the children’s learning. The school also has an allotment with a recycled bottle green house and a thriving pond area which is used for science lessons.



We promote music and drama which builds the pupils’ confidence. All pupils from Year 4 to Year 6 learn a brass instrument and we have recently taken part in the highly-respected schools’ music celebrations at Snape Maltings. This unique, memorable experience was to commemorate the music of Benjamin Britton this year.


We are all very proud of The Willows. We have high expectations of all pupils and know that every child has a right to an excellent education.