National Support School

Due to our links with National leaders of education (NLEs) we are a National Support School (NSS).  To qualify to be a NSS we had to meet the following criteria.

  • be judged to be at least good by Ofsted.
  • demonstrate sustained high pupil performance and progress over the last 3 years.
  • have the capacity to support schools in challenging circumstances to improve


We achieved Artsmark Gold Status In The Summer Of 2013.

Achieving the Artsmark award involved thorough analysis of the provision that we provide in the Arts. We feel incredibly proud of everything that we do for the ARTS and this will be an area that we continue to develop.

We are currently working on reacquiring gold status again this year.

Dyslexia Friendly

We are accredited with the Dyslexia Friendly kite-mark. With support from the British Dyslexia Association and the Learning Team at the local authority we have devised a comprehensive action plan that identifies what we are required to meet to continue our status as a Dyslexia friendly school. We are currently adapting this action plan for re accreditation for this year.

Food for Life

Willowbrook Primary Academy has been awarded the Food for Life Bronze award for its healthy and climate-friendly food culture.

As a bronze school, we serve seasonal school meals that are at least 75% freshly prepared by a well-trained school cook. Every pupil has the opportunity to visit a farm during his or her time at school, and opportunities are given for cooking and food growing activity.


Willowbrook is a Rights Respecting School (RRSA). The award recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of a school’s planning, policies, practice and ethos.

By gaining the award we have taken steps to enable our school community to help improve the well-being and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential. A rights-respecting school not only teaches about children’s rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships: between adults, between adults and pupils and between pupils. It adds to the school’s commitment to develop the whole child.

Primary Science

We were awarded the Silver Primary Science Quality Mark in 2017.

The Primary School Quality Mark scheme enables schools to work together to share good practice and is supported by professional development led by local experts. It encourages teacher autonomy and innovation while at the same time offering a clear framework for development in science subject leadership, teaching and learning.

School Games

The School Games Mark is is a government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Participating in this process allows schools to evaluate their PE provision and assists them in developing an action plan for future progress. Read on to find out more about why to apply and how to go about it.