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Willows High School

Headteacher Letter to Parents/Carers 19/12/17

Dear Parent / Carer,

As we approach the end of 2017, it is a pleasure to look back on a very busy and successful autumn term for Willows High School. As a school, we have made very strong progress since September as we strive for continuous improvement.


I am really looking forward to the end of term assemblies on Friday 22nd December. We will be giving out the 100% Attendance for the term awards, 115 pupils have achieved this. We will also be awarding certificates to pupils who have had 10 or fewer demerits over the entire term, 167 pupils have achieved this. It fills me with great pride that, on average, over 70% of our pupils get no demerits on a daily basis.

This term we have introduced a weekly 100% Attendance lottery and a Zero Demerit lottery. Pupils who fulfil the criteria are entered into a draw to win £5, if no one wins, the money rolls over to the next week. I have also been overwhelmed by the number of pupils who have earned enough merits to have Hot Chocolate with the Head, it’s going to take me until next Christmas to get through everyone! We are looking to extend our rewards system in the coming term.

Kindness and Gratitude

Kindness and gratitude are a core part of life at Willows High, every afternoon form tutor time pupils decide which one of their form deserves a Willows Praise card for their efforts throughout the day. Every week our Student Ambassadors write notes of gratitude to members of staff who have helped them in one way or another, it really does make the staff’s day to receive one.

You may also be aware that our form groups have put together boxes of presents and essentials for people without a permanent home. 40 parcels were collected and handed to Splott Community Volunteers to distribute.


Research has shown that there is a direct correlation between attendance at school and academic achievement. It is therefore crucial that students attend school unless there are exceptional circumstances preventing this. Our whole school target for this year is 94% and we’d appreciate your on-going support in maximising attendance and look forward, in partnership with yourselves, to ensuring that our students are in school, learning and achieving, on their journey to success.

School Lottery

The Friends of Willows have set up a school lottery to help fundraise for the school. In the past we have used funding from the Friends of Willows to subsidise trips, educational visits, uniform and equipment. It would be great if you could sign up at and be in with a chance of winning £25,000.

Holiday Homework

It is important that all pupils continue with their learning over the Christmas Break. Please refer to the diagram opposite, which outlines the homework timetable for the year. Pupils have homework every week day consisting of Mathematics, Reading and Self Quizzing.

The Willows Way

We are in the process of putting the finishing touches to our new school magazine, The Willows Way. We will produce one every term and it will give you an in depth view of all the exciting things that have been happening at Willows High School this term.


We are always striving to improve the way we communicate with parents, this has been quite frustrating at times, especially if you are trying to contact us by phone. We are in the process of improving our system, but in the meantime, you can use the email address or message us through Twitter @willowshigh. Both are checked regularly and we aim to respond within 24 hours.

End of Year Arrangements

The final day of this term is Friday 22nd December, which will be a non-uniform (wear your house colours) day. Pupils will be dismissed at 12.30pm, there will be an extended break for pupils to get something to eat and drink. Facilities will be made available to keep pupils until 2.50pm if you require, please contact us to let us know.

Finally, I wish you all a happy, safe and peaceful Christmas plus every happiness for 2018 and look forward to welcoming all pupils back to school, fully re-charged, at the usual start time on Monday 8th January 2018.


Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Norman