Walsham le Willows is a Voluntary Controlled Primary School, catering for children aged 5 – 9 years. It was transferred to its present building on the Wattisfield Road in June 1965. This was purpose built and replaced the old infant and Junior School buildings in the main street.
In July 1986, on the closure of Wattisfield School, children from Wattisfield came to Walsham School and we are keen to maintain strong links with Wattisfield Village. September 2001 saw the completion of our new classroom and library. We now have four classrooms and a library. We have an environmental area containing a pond, wild life area and the opportuity for use as an outside classroom. The area is fenced and locked so children can only gain access with an adult.
We are fortunate to have large grounds, which consist of a large sports field, grassy play areas, mature trees and a hard play area, plus a willow bower which can be used for drama as well as for play, a willow tunnel, story area and wooden play equipment.
During 2002/2003 we introduced raised beds into our grounds and the children are actively involved in planting, growing and harvesting various vegetables. They all enjoy this experience, especially eating their own produce.
Oak class have their own recently developed Astroturf outside play area, which contains a playhouse and sandpit. It is used as an extension of the classroom whenever possible.
The division of children into classes depends on the number of children in school. Oak class tends to be a mixture of reception children and year 1 children. Pine class is mainly year 2 children with some year 1 children. Willow class is year 3 children, and Elm class is year 4 children. At the present time year 3 and 4 children are taught together in the afternoons.
Children are admitted to school at the beginning of the term in which they become 5. Those born in August are admitted at the beginning of the Summer Term. We like the children to spend some time in school during the term prior to their admission. The invitation to do this always includes the opportunity to sample our excellent school lunches. This helps the children to become used to school routine, and to gain confidence away from home. They are also able to get to know their class teacher, and the other children who will be in their class.
On Wednesday the 13th of June 2007 saw children from the Primary School and their parents assembling in the Village Hall car park where they donned their fluorescent jackets prior to setting off for their walk to the school. This particular day was "Walk to School Week" and one of the objectives for the Walsham children was to help to alleviate the parking problems experienced every morning alongside the Primary School.
The children are accompanied by their parents and teachers and complete the journey to school in one long orderly line and as of December 2007 there is now a regular group of around 15 children whose parents park in the Memorial Village Hall car park. Every car parked at the Village Hall is one less car parked outside the school. The school is very grateful for the parents support of this scheme.
The primary school now has its own website. For further information see the Walsham le Willows Primary School web site.