Bad Weather



The school will notify all parents, guardians and staff by text message if weather is bad enough to force the school to close.

It is the responsibility of parents and gaurdians to ensure that the school is kept up-to-date with any telephone number changes.

Once the I.C.T. Technician is notified the published school calendar will be updated. This will then display the schools open or closed status on the home page of the web site.

School Day

The school day starts at 8.55 with registration and finishes at 3.25 when pupils go back to classrooms to wait for the buses.

The lessons are 50 minutes long and run from:

  • 9.05 – 9.55 Lesson 1
  • 9.55 – 10.45 Lesson 2
  • 10.45 – 11.00 BREAK
  • 11.00 – 11.50 Lesson 3
  • 11.50 – 12.40 Lesson 4
  • 12.40 – 1.40 LUNCH
  • 1.40 – 2.30 Lesson 5
  • 2.30 – 3.20 Lesson 6
  • 3.25 BUSES

Please note that the school cannot accept responsibility for children arriving before 8.50am.

School Uniform

We do have a uniform. It’s sensible and works out at very good value for money – because pupils will wear it everyday, saving wear and tear on their home clothes (and saving on arguments and worry about what to wear!).

We believe it helps our young people identify more with the school, feel a sense of pride and belonging and puts them in the mood for work.

The uniform:

  • White polo shirt
  • Black trousers
  • Black shoes or plain black trainers
  • Lower school pupils will wear a maroon sweatshirt with the school logo
  • Upper school pupils can wear either a black sweatshirt with the school logo or a black reversible fleece

The maroon and black sweatshirts are to be ordered through Pinders School Wear. They have two outlets, one in Rotherham Bus Station and one in Crystal Peaks Shopping Centre. Alternatively uniform can be ordered online at www.pindersschoolwear.co.uk. Reversible fleeces and white polo shirts with the school logo on can also be ordered if required.

Dyslexia

At The Willows we recognise that learning to read and write can be difficult. Pupils with Special Educational Needs often find learning these skills to be a challenge. Staff in school look out for signs that pupils are displaying dyslexic tendencies and colour sensitivities. We then put lots of things in place to remove barriers to these pupils’ learning and help them to achieve their full potential. We use overlays, coloured paper, word banks, interventions, specific guided reading and phonic sessions, along-side personalised curriculums to improve the outcomes for our pupils. We recognise that dyslexia occurs independently of intelligence and is a difficulty in processing language. Pupils with dyslexia are very intelligent, creative and are able to make good progress in school. Please use the following information to support your child at home. The English Team at The Willows are always available to offer support, advice and answer any questions you may have so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Dyslexia explained – What’s it like to be dyslexic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEpBujdee8M

Parent Support Booklet

Dyslexic Booklet

Phonic Sounds

https://1drv.ms/v/s!AuC0CDD-mnqBh1gN7Psz0ID5cr7q

Link to dyslexia friendly font download

https://opendyslexic.org/

Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome colour filter download for Windows

http://www.musatcha.com/software/ColorFilter/

Lexia Reading Intervention

Lexia is a computer based program which helps pupils learn to read and understand texts. In school we have identified certain pupils who we believe will benifit most from taking part in "Intervention Lexia".

This intervention helps pupils develop their reading skills through a range of games. At school your child has 3 x 20 minute sessions on Lexia. Participants can now also access Lexia at home. Lexia adapts according to the individual needs of your child, and we strongly advise you do not help them through the program. It is best to let your child work on Lexia independently. If you think they are struggling on a particular skill, please ask your son or daughter to try another activity and inform your teacher.

Participating pupils will have brought home a letter providing guidence on using Lexia at home. Download and installation instructions for specific platforms are provided below:

Instructions for Windows and Mac - Lexia is browser based, just browse to "lexiacore5.com"

Instructions for Apple iPad - Download the Lexia App from Apple Store

Instructions for Android tablets - Download the Lexia App from Play Store

Usefull Links for Parents:

http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/parent/bda-services-parents

http://www.dyslexiaaction.org.uk

http://www.parentchampions.org.uk