Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers

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Stay at home, stay safe, stay in touch-

-your seventh weekly update from Marish Academy Trust.

As we approach what would have been half term, the latest excitement is preparing for the return of pupils from Nursery and Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. We are well organised for this because we have been open for the last nine weeks for some children. We have successfully managed to teach and care for them, without any cases of the virus, occurring for either the children here or the 150 or so staff who have been working in rotation.

Guidance from the government is being updated daily so please keep checking online. The latest advice and guidance for parents can be found at:

There is also some helpful guidance for parents about supporting home learning at:

If you intend for your child to attend school from June 1st please confirm this with the staff member who will call you over the next week. Please also complete the online questionnaire, if you haven’t already done so. I have sent a letter out to all the returning year-groups explaining the arrangements in place for your child’s safety and well-being. This is available on the letters page of the website.

Please note that we are expecting parents to adhere to social distancing guidelines when dropping off and collecting their child. We have considered marking up the playground and carpark with two metre lines, but decided we can rely on you all applying common sense. Please wait for a space before you hand your child over in Year 1 and EYFS and do not approach closer to the door than two metres. For year 6 children we ask that you drop and collect your child outside the school gates so that we minimise the adults on site. Both schools will also continue to cater for the children of key workers and those who are vulnerable for whatever reason. These children should enter via the main entrance at Marish and Willow and again parents must socially distance. At Willow this will mean not entering the reception area, unless it is empty.

The most important change is the timings of the school day. All year groups will be starting  and finishing school approximately half an hour earlier. Again, please consult the letter for your child’s year group or contact the school office via phone or email if unsure.

For children in years 2, 3, 4 & 5, home learning will continue to be provided on the website. For those year groups who are returning to school, the only home learning will be homework from the 1st of June. We are looking forward to seeing more of the children then. Stay alert and keep in touch, Mrs Denham, the staff team, governors and trustees.

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Welcome to the Website of Marish Academy Trust- from Executive Headteacher:


At our Trust we are committed to consulting parents and listening to children, mindful of the need to shape our curriculum and learning experiences to meet the individual needs of pupils who may one day be citizens of the 22nd century.


Before sharing some recent successes, I would just like to draw your attention to the consultation on our new Relationship and Sex Education Policy which will run between now and the end of February 2020. (Please see the links below and send any feedback to either school office using the usual email addresses.) Having explored the new guidance thoroughly, let me reassure you that Marish and Willow Schools are already compliant and will not be changing what we teach. An appendix to the draft policy has been written to show parents exactly what we teach and when and how this maps to curriculum requirements.


This consultation is typical of what you can expect from Marish Academy Trust. We are two truly inclusive primary schools in Slough whose aspirations for our children, include them making a positive difference to others, as well the usual things such as the best possible outcomes and life chances.


In 2019 both Marish and Willow were in the top five of the league tables in Slough for attainment at KS2, because attainment is well above average nationally and for Slough. Over the past three years, both schools have been at the top of the table, for overall primary school progress performance at KS2 in Slough and in the top 3% of schools nationally at Marish in 2017 and at Willow in 2019.

  • Marish Academy Trust’s best practice contributions are now published in the Parliamentary review 2018 p45 onwards and the Parliamentary review 2019, p57. onwards (See links below)

Our disadvantaged pupils and those with additional needs make do as well, if not better than the other pupils.

Marish Academy Trust’s commitment to improve even further is enshrined in our revised Trust wide logo and motto ‘Strive for the heights’ shown above.

To achieve this, we will continue to welcome people into our community, regardless of their backgrounds, ethnicities, faiths, age or skills. We focus on what we share: living or working in 21st century Slough and wanting the best outcomes and life chances for all our children. Here, diversity is a strength and rich resource, rather than a barrier. These aspirations apply to all members of the Marish/Willow Community and are summed up in our three diamond rules, our trust strap line and in fact, British values.  Ask your child to explain what these mean in practice:


Three Diamond Rules:

Show respect and good manners at all times: Care for everyone and everything and Follow instructions straightaway, with thought and care!

Our Trust Strap Line:

Work to be outstanding,

Deserve to be outstanding,

Will be outstanding!

Mrs Gill Denham

Mrs Denham teaching her Greater Depth Maths set.

British Values:

Tolerance and inclusion, mutual respect for personal freedom, equality of opportunity and a celebration of the diversity of our community which enriches us all.


These values and our children’s understanding of them are key to creating strong, resilient young people and communities which are the hope of a brighter future.


Thank you for all your support in 2019- we look forward to continuing our successful partnership into 2020 and beyond.

For the Parliamentary Review/ Relationships and Sex Education Policy/ Understanding Relationships and Health Education in
your child’s primary school – Please click on the link below:

The Parliamentary Review

For the latest Updated information on the Coronavirus please click on the below link.

Coronavirus Update


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