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Willow Bank Junior School
Duffield Road, Woodley, RG5 4RW, UK Reading
+44 (0)118 969 1556

Welcome to Willow Bank Junior School


Our postal address is:
Willow Bank Junior School
Duffield Road

Telephone : 01189691556
Fax Number: 01189697816


Our beliefs for the school can be summarised in our school vision.


This is to: 


  • respect each other;
  • cater for the needs of all;
  •  take a pride in our school;
  •  get involved;
  • be a good team member;
  •  show initiative.


The overall aim for our school is to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, which will help the children develop enquiring minds and acquire the knowledge and skills to prepare them for adult life.


In particular we aim to:

  • maintain high standards in Numeracy and Literacy;
  • provide a balanced range of learning experiences, which meet the academic, physical and spiritual needs of the child;
  • support children with learning difficulties;
  • provide extra curriculum opportunities that help develop the child and give them some understanding of the part they can play in the wider community;
  • promote education as a partnership between school and home, involving parents and keeping them informed;
  • help each child acquire a set of moral values on which to base their behaviour and encourage self-discipline and a caring, responsible attitude towards others;
  • maintain high expectations, which challenge children and encourage them to achieve their full potential;
  • keep relevant and meaningful records, which monitor each child?s progress and achievements across the curriculum;
  •  provide an attractive and stimulating environment.


Teaching Times


The school day starts at 8:50am and children are not permitted on the playground before 8:30am, as the school cannot assume responsibility for the children before this time.  The school day ends at 3:15pm. 


The total time available to the children is 23 hours 30 minutes per week,

excluding times used for registration and collective worship,




The expected dress code is as follows: -




Plain navy blue sweatshirt

White shirt or polo type T-Shirt

Grey, black or navy trousers

or shorts (no jeans)

Plain socks



Plain navy blue sweatshirt or cardigan

White blouse or polo type T-Shirt

Grey, black or navy skirt or trousers

Blue checked or striped dress

Plain socks or tights


School sweatshirts can be purchased from the school office or at the New Parent?s Evening.


Shoes should have low heels or sling backs.  Trainers can be worn but they should be black or white.  No jewellery except stud ear rings.  Long hair should be tied back for games and swimming.


For PE we suggest T-Shirts, shorts, leotards and plimsolls.  Tracksuit tops or sweaters are a good idea in winter. 


Your child will often be involved in activities that are potentially messy.  We recommend that they bring a shirt or overall.


Care of Property


All clothing should be clearly and permanently labelled.  No jewellery or valuable watches should be brought to school, as we cannot accept responsibility for their loss.

Lunchtime Arrangements


There are three choices: children may go home to lunch, they may bring a packed lunch or purchase a meal from the school kitchen, payable on a  daily basis.   Advance menus are available. The meals are cooked by Initial Catering, which is a quite separate organisation to the school and also provides meals for Willow Bank Infant School.


Children who eat school meals or packed lunch are required to stay on the premises during the whole lunch time period.  A lunchtime supervisor, with the help of three lunchtime controllers, will supervise the children.


Children who opt to go home for lunch should have written permission by the parent to leave school or the parent must sign the child out at the school office.




Discipline at Willow Bank is designed to encourage our children to become self-controlled, responsible and caring members of society.  Children will be taught to respect others and value things around them.  They will be expected to be polite and sensitive to the needs of others, to behave sensibly and courteously, to think situations through and make appropriate decisions for themselves.


In addition to this general principle, we have the following specific rules for children:


·        in the morning, children must stay in the playground, unless they are with a parent or until a teacher tells them it is time to go into their class;

·        the children must go out at playtime and lunchtime unless they are eating their lunch or are with a teacher.  In wet or very hot weather, the lunchtime controllers will tell the children when they can go into their classrooms;

·        if a teacher or lunchtime controller thinks a child is too ill to go out to play, they may sit in the hall;

·        children may eat fruit or nuts for their playtime snack;

·        when in school, the children should walk in a sensible manner;

·        children may not use the photocopier or move the TV and computers;

·        for PE and games activities, children must bring a change of clothes and footwear; 


·        children are not allowed any jewellery except studs and these must be taken out or covered during PE and games;

·        two footballs and two netballs are allowed in the playground at playtime.  No other balls are allowed except tennis balls in the cricket season.


Absence and Holidays


The daily attendance of your child is a legal requirement and we have a duty to keep full attendance records together with notes explaining absence.  We must, therefore be informed, either verbally or in writing, of the reason for each period of absence.  Holiday request forms are available from the office.  A maximum of 10 school days can be authorised in any school year.


Sickness and Injury


Children sometimes become ill or are injured in school, so it is important that we have up to date contact telephone numbers.  Please inform the office of any change of details.


Any medicines should be handed to the school office together with full written instructions and a signed consent form.


Charging Policy


Many activities such as educational visits and swimming are not possible unless we receive extra funding.  If we ask for a ?voluntary contribution?, it can be assured that the activity to be funded is one of merit and that it has been costed carefully.  The contribution is voluntary and if a parent is unable to contribute, no questions will be asked and the child will not be deprived of the activity or singled out in any way.  The school has to ensure that voluntary contributions cover the cost of the activity and do not make a profit.  Small discrepancies will be covered from the school?s own funds, but serious discrepancies will prevent an activity from taking place.


Transfer to the Junior School


Each parent will be invited to meet the Headteacher and the teachers. They may also view the school.  The children will spend a morning with their new class at some point during the summer term.  Records will be transferred and discussions take place between the Infant school and the Year 3 teachers.


Transfer to Secondary School


Waingels Copse Comprehensive School receives the majority of Willow Bank children after Year 6 and a close relationship exists with this school.  Prior to entry at Waingels, the Deputy Head, the Year Head and the teacher of Special Needs visit the school to discuss and meet the children.  The children themselves spend a day at Waingels where they meet some of the teachers and are shown around the school. 


Some of our children go elsewhere to continue their secondary education and similar arrangements exist.


The partnership between parents and the school is vital in making your child?s stay at Willow Bank successful. There are a number of occasions throughout the year when teachers and parents can meet. We are always willing to discuss your child?s progress on other less formal occasions, all we ask is that you choose a time when the teacher or I have no other commitments.


Parents? evenings are held in the first two terms for a discussion about your child?s progress. At the end of the summer term a written report is given to parents, which includes grades in Numeracy and Literacy. Parents of children on the Special Needs Register are given Individual Education Plans with a review on progress three times a year.


All parents like to observe and support their children when they take part in special events. Apart from sporting events against other schools when parents are always welcome, there are other occasions when you may wish to attend. They are as follows:


·        each year we have four musical events open to parents. Harvest, Christmas, Easter assemblies and a summer concert. Most of these take place in a venue outside the school;

·        the Woodley Massed Choir concert takes place at the Hexagon;

·        we have an annual Sponsored Sports event, where it is possible to see 

     your child take part in some type of sporting activity;

·        towards the end of the Christmas term all children perform in a play.


We also take part in a variety of sporting events, which involve a number of schools. These events include the District Athletics Meeting, cricket and tag rugby tournaments. Some of these events take place in the evening to allow working parents to support their children.


Helping in the School


Many parents help on a voluntary basis within the school. There are  many activities where help is appreciated. This might include hearing children read, helping run a school club, e.g. cycle proficiency, or helping to run the library. If you would like to get involved, please contact the class teacher or the Headteacher.




At the end of the school day parents can collect their children from their child?s classroom. During the school day, parents and visitors should enter the school by the main entrance, which has a video entry phone system.


All visitors who are intending to stay in the school are required to sign in and out. Similarly, if a child arrives or leaves during the school day then they must be entered in the pupil attendance book.


School Association


We have a very active School Association. All parents are members and a committee is elected once a year. This committee decides an annual programme of social and fund raising events. These have included discos, quiz evenings, car boot sales and carnival floats.  They have also helped to run the cycle proficiency training. We realise that parents are very busy people and will need to get involved at different levels. All help is very much appreciated.  


We aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that meets the demands of the National Curriculum which is comprised of five core subjects and six foundation subjects.


The core subjects:







Information and Communication Technology


Religious Education




The foundation subjects:













We place great emphasis on the teaching of Maths and English,  employing an extra teacher to reduce class sizes in some years.


Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship


Extra Curricular Activities




Poetry corner
Please read a selection of poetry written by children in the school. Click in this section and then on the word documents to open them.
Art work exhibition
Keeping fit
Inter-schools running competition in Woodford Park
Computer Club
Playground markings
Pagoda & seating
Shaded seating area
climbing apparatus
Our school site
School playground climbing apparatus

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