Learning for Life – the Willoughby Way

“From the moment they start school, pupils feel special.” Ofsted 2021

Thank you for visiting Willoughby Primary School’s website. I would like to extend a very warm welcome to you on behalf of the staff, governors and pupils.

Set in the undulating hills of Nottinghamshire, in the village of Willoughby on the Wolds, Willoughby Primary is one of the smallest schools in the country.

The advantage of this is that children and staff get to know each other well. Older children naturally interact with the younger children in a nurturing and supportive way, which is very special. This is reflected in some of the children’s comments:

“Because the school is small, everyone knows each other really well.” Ofsted 2021

“The best thing about the school is that we live together happily.” Ofsted 2021.

I am privileged to have the opportunity to lead alongside committed staff and governors to ensure that the pupils at Willoughby receive a wonderful experience at primary school to provide them with life-long happy memories, enable them to reach their full potential and inspire them for life-long learning – ‘Learning for Life.’

Please contact the school office to arrange a visit.

With best wishes,

Mrs Joanne Linnett

Head Teacher

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Term dates   

Please note NCC change of holiday patterns from September 2019 which have a two week half term in October and shorter summer holidays. You can download full term dates here (PDF): 2023-2024 | 2024-2025 

Summer Term 2024

Starts: Monday 15th April

Early May Bank holiday: Monday 6th May

Half Term: Monday 27th May – Friday 31st May

Ends: Wednesday 24th July

INSET: 25th & 26th July

Autumn Term 2024

Starts: Thursday 5th September

Half Term: Monday 21st October – Friday 1st November

Ends: Friday 20th December

Admin day: Monday 2nd September

INSET Days: Tuesday 3rd & Wednesday 4th September

Key Information

Head Teacher: Mrs Joanne Linnett

Chair of governors: Stephen Marshall (smarshall@willoughby.notts.sch.uk)

Type of School: County Primary Co-Educational Day School for 4-11 years

Contact Details

Address: Willoughby Primary School, Church Lane, Willoughby on the Wolds, LE126SS

01509 880620


Useful Links

Willoughby Primary School on the Ofsted website & the Parent View

Willoughby Primary School on the Dept. For Education website

Admissions: Standard reception criteria from Nottinghamshire CC