Willowbrook School Newsletter

11th January 2019

“Believe, Achieve, Succeed Together”

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Welcome back and Happy New Year! We have enjoyed hearing the children’s news this week about what they got up to in the school holidays and the term seems to have got off to a very smooth start.

After-School Club

This is getting busier now; a reminder to book online to secure a place. Parents who use the club are really positive about it and how much their children enjoy it. If you have any questions, please call the office who will be happy to help.

Breakfast Club

From Friday 1st February the cost of breakfast club will increase to £2.50, there is a new payment request for this on the Gateway.

Free School Meals

If you think you may be eligible for free school meals please come and ask how you apply. We can help you set it all up using a computer in school if that is what is putting you off. Some parents have not applied because their children get a free meal anyway in Key Stage 1. What you may not realise is that registering for free school meals will then trigger some extra funding for the school which helps us to pay for extra reading support and other staffing. If you have any questions please ask any staff and they will help or get you to someone who can!

Times Tables Rock Stars

The children continue to love this and it is having a massive impact on learning their tables. If you think they know their tables…ask them the related division facts. We are aiming for all the children to have a response time of less than 3 seconds for all the tables. From next week we are going to put the ‘times table of the week’ on display in the display cabinets in the playground so that you know what is. This is chosen by looking at the whole school and seeing which one the children are finding tricky!


Thank you for the children looking smart in their uniform. Just one niggle and that is footwear. The children should be in black or dark school shoes that are suitable for running around in. We are getting a few brightly-coloured shoes, sometimes with heels which are not suitable for school. Thank you.


Bags2School will be collecting on Tuesday 15th January, anything you are able to donate will be a great help and contribute towards extras for the children.  Please, no toys or bric-a-brac.  Please bring the bags to the community from 8.45am, thank you.


A letter is going out about clubs this week. Please return them as quickly as possible. There are slightly fewer clubs this term as lots of the teachers are doing tuition with children after school.


Mrs Corke returned from maternity leave this week and is covering the classes that are without a teacher for PPA during Mrs Busby-Grayer’s continued absence. We have also welcomed a new member of staff to Willowbrook and that is Mr Curran who is running the breakfast club and working with Mrs Pearce in school.


Please could you make sure that all children bring a warm coat to school as the weather is now colder and the forecast is colder weather due next week.


Dates for the Diary

Wednesday 23rd January                                                  Year 1 and Young Carers trip to Exeter Picturehouse

Friday 25th January                                                           Young Carers to Meetham Quarry

Friday 8th February                                                           Reception trip to Paignton Zoo

Monday 18th - Friday 22nd February                                 Half Term


Future dates to note

24th-26th June 2019                                                          Year 3 Residential to Magdalen Farm

7th-11th October 2019                                                       Year 6 Residential to Heatree