Willowpark Primary Academy

What's unique about Willowpark?

Willowpark is an average sized one form entry primary academy with up to 250 pupils on roll at one time.  Numbers on roll fluctuate throughout, sometimes drastically, throughout the year due to multiple intakes in nursery and pre-school and high mobility of families within the local area.  The Academy is situated in Derker, within the St. James ward of East Oldham. We serve an area of significant deprivation with St. James' ward being amongst the 10-20% within the area.  2019 IDACI and Education, Skills and training Data shows that the local area (Derker) is in the most deprived 10% of the country.  The deprivation data shows that 66% of pupils attending our Academy live within the lowest 15% of the most income deprived areas nationally (IDACI bands A-C) The % of children therefore eligible for FSM at the Academy stands around 56% but can be as high as 65% depending on cohorts and mobility. This is significantly higher than National Average. 

Alongside this, approximately 18% of the school population are on the SEND register and 12% of students are EAL.


What is it like to be a pupil at this Academy?

Pupils at Willowpark are welcomed warmly to our Academy and quickly develop meaningful and positive relationships with staff and peers alike. Pupils own strengths and interests are celebrated and valued within our school and student receive excellent pastoral and academic support throughout their time here.  Staff are well trained and highly skills at delivering an exciting educational offer to our students that aims to develop their Creativity, Compassion and Critical Thinking skills, allowing them to develop their knowledge, skills and character through a wide range of opportunities.  Personal Development is a strength of our Academy, with pupils leaving us at Year 6 as confident, capable. caring and respectful pupils.  Pupils at Willowpark behave well, have positive attitudes to their learning and make at least good progress from the individual starting points - they work well collaboratively, with both staff and pupils, and as a team we are 'Achieving Success Together'.