Willowbrook School Newsletter

5th March 2020

“Believe, Achieve, Succeed Together”


Dear Parent/Guardian,

Thank you so much for the huge effort to dress the children up for World Book Day! The children look amazing and have all had time to see everyone’s costumes. There was a prize for ‘best dressed’ for each year group.

Thank you also for the amazing contributions for a ‘Story in a Jar’.  We had 72 entries, which is amazing!  You are a very creative bunch of people and have certainly let your imaginations run riot! The School Librarians have been busy with the terrible job of choosing winners and we will announce them shortly.


From this week, the newsletter will go out on a Thursday. This is because, without a Business Manager, we have fewer staff in the office on a Friday. We will continue to email out the newsletter and have paper copies in the office if you wish to come and collect one.

The Road

As far as I know, the footpath in Summer Lane up to the school will be on restricted opening times from next week. I will send a text if this changes. I have been made aware that the fair is coming to the Arena from 9th March. Obviously this will reduce further the amount of space available for parking. The contractors have been liaising with the fair and there should still be plenty of space, but you may have to park slightly further away. Please can you make sure that you do not park on the zig-zag or double yellow lines, as this will be dangerous for pedestrians, thank you.

Sports’ Relief

This is on Friday 13th March! We have a lot going on that day with all the children learning about sporting heroes. This will take place in the morning. In the afternoon, we have the Exe Factor where children will perform for a very enthusiastic audience! They have been rehearsing for weeks and have gone through a rigorous selection process, so are looking forward to entertaining you all. The show starts at 2pm and everyone is welcome; it is always a fun afternoon.

Parents’ Evening

A few people have been asking about when parents’ evening is. We will be holding the next one on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th April. This will follow the usual format of everyone entering the school via the Community Room. Some of the school governors will be in the Community Room to meet parents as we have some governor vacancies and would welcome the chance to talk to people about what the role involves and to encourage people to put their name forward.

Magdalen Farm

A reminder to all Year Three parents that payment is now due for the Magdalen Farm trip. Please can you pay on the Gateway or directly to the school office. Only children who have paid a deposit by Friday 6th March will be able to go on the residential. Thank you.

Dates for the Diary

Spring Term

Friday 13th March                                                 Year 6 Height & Weight programme

Friday 13th March                                                 Sport Relief day

Friday 13th March                                                 Exe Factor

Thursday 19th March                                            Reception trip to Paignton Zoo

Friday 20th March                                                 PTA Mother’s Day presents & Cream Tea

Monday 23rd March                                              Foundation Stage Disco

Tuesday 24th March                                             Yr4, Yr5 & Yr6 Disco

Thursday 26th March                                            Yr1, Yr2 & Yr3 Disco

Friday 27th March                                                 Last day of term


Summer Term

Tuesday 14th April                                                First day of Summer term

Tuesday 14th April                                                Theatre Alibi performance

Wednesday 15th April                                        Parents Evening

Thursday 16th April                                            Parents Evening

Friday 8th May                                                      Bank Holiday


Monday 25th – Friday 29th May                          Half term


Friday 19th June                                                   PTA Father’s Day presents

Monday 13th July                                                 Non pupil day

Wednesday 15th – Friday 17th July                     Yr 3 residential – Magdalen Farm

Friday 17th July                                                    Summer Fair

Wednesday 22nd July                                          Last day of term


Change of date:  Please note Monday 4th May is no longer a Bank Holiday and school will be open as usual.  The Bank Holiday has been moved to Friday 8th May.