Willowbrook School Newsletter

20th July 2018

“Believe, Achieve, Succeed Together”

Dear Parent/Guardian,

This will be the last newsletter of the year and I thought I would share some great news about our end of year assessments and remind you some events in school and some holiday activities.

I hope that the good weather continues and that you enjoy a good break with your families over the summer and look forward to seeing you all in September.

There is statutory testing and assessment in years Two and Six as well as Reception; other year groups rely on teacher assessment which we moderate.

Last week we received the marks for our Year 6 assessments, known as SATS which are externally marked. The table below shows the outcomes and I am pleased to say that the children did really well and if the score needed for Greater Depth stays as it has for the last few years, we will have exceeded previous National data in almost every area. This is really pleasing after our dip in results last year and is thanks to the hard work of the staff and children, well done to them.

In Year 2 the children have done very well and particularly the increased proportion of children who are achieving at greater depth, which exceeds the percentage nationally. The key focus for improvement is increasing the number of children achieving the expected level in writing, although we have a significant percentage of children in this year group who are at the early stages of learning English.

FREE Summer Reading Challenge at Exeter Library

Just to remind you that your child can now sign-up for the Exeter Central Library Reading Challenge – Mischief Makers.  Take your child to the Exeter Central Library and they can sign-up to read five books throughout the summer holidays.  After each book they will receive either a programme of the free events at the Library, a poster, stickers, a bookmark and, if they read all five books, a certificate and a gold medal!  Mrs Marlow will also give a raffle ticket to draw a special prize for those children who bring their certificate and gold medal into school on the first week of term.  This is an excellent opportunity to ensure that your child continues to read throughout the holidays together with a FREE visit to the library and all that it has to offer.  You might like to combine it with a visit to the Royal Albert Memorial Museum around the corner in Queen Street which also offers FREE entry.


Well done to Tia in Year 5 who won an award at St Luke’s this week. She was nominated along with several children from other local schools for her work as a Sports Leader, leading the younger children and helping with clubs and encouraging active and healthy lifestyles. She did really well and won the category; look on the school twitter feed to see her award! Well done Tia.

Year Six

The rehearsals are getting noisier and Mr Lawson is getting more frantic but we are all really looking forward to the end of year production from Year Six! The play will be performed in the school hall on Wednesday 25th July at 2pm and everyone is welcome to come and watch. The children have worked really hard and are looking forward to performing. Could I please ask that you don’t bring very young children who are not able to manage to listen quietly to the performance, thank you.

Dinner Menu next week

Please find attached the dinner menu for next week as it is different from the normal menu.

After School Club

We are finalising the arrangements for our new After School Club which is starting in September.  If you are interested in more details please speak to Mrs Simpson in the school office.

Diary Dates

Wednesday 25th July 2018                              Last day of term

Wednesday 5th September 2018                     First day of school for Years 1 - 6