Willowdown Primary Academy

Happy Children, Successful Learners, Confident Individuals


Students on the roll

Willowdown Primary Academy opened at the beginning of September 2014 in a stunning new, purpose built building on the Kings Down development.

Ofsted rating

The vast majority of parents feel strongly that their children are happy and well cared for. Most pupils are keen to learn and do their best.

Oliver Priestley

About Willowdown Primary

  • GenderMixed
  • Age range2 - 11
  • Number of pupils on roll169

Willowdown Primary Academy opened in September 2014 and took in pupils from Nursery to Year 4 and is a smaller than average academy with 100 children on roll.

The academy works from a large, spacious, well-equipped, purpose-built building surrounded on three sides by sports and playing fields. There has been a heavy investment in ICT and furniture so that these enable the types of learning we want to see happening, not to restrict it.

The curriculum offer is based on the framework of EdisonLearning’s Connected Curriculum which has been adapted to meet the needs of our own specific community and children. All changes reflect our five core values of Love, Enthusiasm, Achievement, Respect and Nurture

As anticipated, the academy is filling up from the younger age groups; Nursery, Reception and Year 1 are full. Older year groups are populated with children who have transferred from other local schools and those moving in to the catchment from out of area, including Europe.

The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium is around twice the national average.

The proportion of pupils who have EAL and have a SEN are both well above average.

The headteacher sets an ambitious vision for the school, rooted in an aspiration for high expectations. His work in rebuilding the school culture after considerable changes in leadership and teaching is notable.

– Ofsted 2017

Our Governors

Governor Name Type of Governor Appointment made by Appointment Date Date stepped down Business and pecuniary interests 2016/2017 % attendance whilst in office 2017/2018 % attendance whilst in office
Anita Curtis Associate Trust 01-Sep-16 Employee of Willowdown Prinary 67% 50%
Eltjo de Vries Co-opted Governing Body 18-Oct-16 None 80% 0%
Ross Edwards Co-opted Governing Body 07-Sep-14 None 80% 100%
Gill Fry Community Co-opted 05-Dec-17 None N/A  
Rachel Gillard Parent Parents 05-Dec-17 None N/A  
Annabelle Lillycrop Co-opted Governing Body 06-Sep-14 None 83% 50%
Olly Priestley Associate Ex-officio 17-May-16 Employee of Willowdown Primary 100% 100%
Leigh Redman Co-opted Governing Body 02-Sep-14 Member of Brigwater Town Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset County Council, Hamp Community Association, Labour Party 50% 50%
Denise Rodgers Staff Staff 17-Oct-17 Employee of Willowdown N/A 100%
Stewart McFadzean Community   19-Sep-17 Employee of Somerset County Council N/A 100%
Andrew Venn Staff Staff Election 01-Sep-14 Employee of Willowdown Primary 67% 50%
John Fowler Co-opted Governing Body 02-Sep-14 26-Sep-17 None 50% 0%
Mary Hellier Parent Parent Election 03-Sep-14 01-Sep-17 None 100% N/A
Lindsay Gabriel Associate Trust 17-May-16 15-May-17 CAT employee as Executive Headteacher at Priorswood Primary and Wellesley Park Primary 0% N/A
Simon Peck Trust Trust 09-Sep-14 31-Aug-17 Simon Peck Governance Consultancy
Employee of Collaborative Academies Trust
Vice Chair of Governors at Countess Gytha Primary School
83% N/A
Pam Rodger Staff Staff Election 08-Sep-14 31-Aug-17 Employee of Willowdown Primary 83% N/A

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