Happy Children, Successful Learners, Confident Individuals
About Willowdown Primary
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
|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%|
|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
|Pam Rodger||Staff||Staff Election||08-Sep-14||31-Aug-17||Employee of Willowdown Primary||83%||N/A|