Willow Brook Primary & Nursery

Respect, Resilience, Belief, Confidence, Trust


Students on the roll

We have a strong and enthusiastic team of staff and governors, all of whom are committed to making our school the best it can possibly be.

Ofsted rating

Pupils are making good progress as they move through the school.

Joanna Newitt

About Willow Brook Primary School & Nursery

  • GenderMixed
  • Age range3 - 11
  • Number of pupils on roll203

Willow Brook is proud to be the flagship school of The Collaborative Academies Trust in Essex. The school has 231 pupils on roll currently, most of whom are White British with an increasing proportion of pupils from other ethnic heritages.

A well-above-average proportion of our pupils are eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for pupils in local authority care, those known to be eligible for free school meals or those from service families.

The school’s curriculum offer is based on the framework of EdisonLearning’s Connected Curriculum which has been adapted accordingly to meet the needs of its children and local community, ensuring that it is interesting, relevant and prepares children for their future lives.

The school’s vision of “Live, Learn, Aspire” together with its core values of ‘Respect, Resilience, Belief, Confidence, Trust’ are at the heart of every aspect of school life from Nursery to Year 6 at Willow Brook. The school has a strong and enthusiastic team of staff and governors, all of whom are committed to making Willow Brook the best it can possibly be.

The headteacher provides committed, effective and decisive leadership. She has a deep knowledge of the pupils and promotes a shared vision and values that underpin school life.

The trust provides strategic support and has made great improvements to the school buildings and grounds.

– Ofsted 2017

Our Governors

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
Jo Aldous Support staff Members of staff at the school 08-Nov-16 None 100% 33%
Penny Cappleman Community Parent 08-Nov-16 None 100% 100%
Nicola Chisnall Teaching Staff Staff 18-Mar-17 Husband is school governor 100% 100%
Sharon Finegold Parent Trust 04-May-16 None 100% 100%
Kate Morrissey Community Trust 01-Feb-15 None 75% 100%
Joanna Newitt Headteacher Ex-officio N/A Husband is CEO of Sea Horse Education LTD. Mrs Newitt is a Trustee of Child First (LDG) 100% 100%
Lee Phillips Community Trust 02-Nov-16 Related to Chief Executive of Colchester BC; employee of EdisonLearning 66% 33%
Helen Todd (Chair) Community Trust 01-Jan-15 Associate of EdisonLearning 100% 100%
Vacancy Parent Parent          
Mrs K Fitzgerald Community Trust 31-May-17 04-Jan-2018 None 100% 100%
Mrs L Moss Parent Parent 31-May-17 06-Dec-17 100% 0%
Robert Chisnall Community Trust 01-Sep-14 07-Nov-17 Wife is school governor and employee 100% 0%

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