Parents and Carers

Admissions information

Franche Community Primary School is the largest primary in Worcestershire. We are a popular choice for parents in and around Kidderminster. For all admissions information, including how to apply for a place in the coming academic year, how to appeal a decision and how to make an application during the year, please visit the Worcestershire County Council admissions section.

The best way to truly see if a school is right for your child is to visit during a typical school day. We welcome visitors all year round! To arrange a visit please call by in person, or contact our admissions administrator Kate McCarthy in the school office by emailing office@francheprimary.worcs.sch.uk or telephone 01562 751788.

Our aspiration is for all pupils to have 100% attendance so that they can take full advantage of the numerous opportunities offered by school and reach their full potential.  As a school our target is 96% attendance for all pupils and we would appreciate your cooperation in achieving this. This figure is in line with the national average and should be achievable.

Unless your child is ill there is a legal requirement for your child to attend school regularly and on time during term time. Regulations effective from the 1st September 2015 have meant that a child is now classed as a “persistent absentee” if their attendance falls to 90% and below.  Please be aware that if your child’s attendance falls to this low level it will attract more scrutiny and you may be asked to provide medical evidence to support absences, be referred to our Education Welfare Officer and /or be referred to the Local Authority for possible legal action.

 

Morning Registration

School starts promptly at 8.30am and morning registration takes place before 9.00am. The doors are open from 8.30am to 8.40am to allow the children access to their classroom as soon as possible to enable a prompt start. May we ask that all pupils please be punctual - if they are coming in after 8.40am they may miss out on valuable morning tasks or group intervention and late arrivals are disruptive for other pupils and takes staff out of the classroom, preventing them from teaching. Being on time really matters- it helps your child to get the day off to a good start, to understand that school is important and that education is to be valued. Should your child be late, they must report to the main school office and sign in before going to class.

 

Illness

In the event of child illness:-

  • It is parent/carer responsibility to telephone school and report the absence and symptoms as before 9.00am in the morning. If we have not heard from you, we will phone you to enquire why your child is not in school. Your child’s safety is very important to us and we need to establish that your child is safe in accordance with our Attendance and Safeguarding procedures. If we are unable to establish why your child is absent the absence will be coded as “unauthorised”.

  • Please keep us informed each day of your child’s condition whilst they are ill.

Dental/Medical Appointments

Wherever possible, we ask you to make any dental appointments/medical appointments in the holidays or after school. If this is not possible, and we do understand that this is sometimes the case, please return your child to school as soon as possible after the appointment. A copy of the appointment card /NHS letter should be supplied to the school office prior to the appointment so that a photocopy can be made and filed to support the absence.

 

Leave of Absence

The Law states that parents do not have any right or entitlement to take a child out of school for the purposes of taking a family holiday. The Head Teacher has no discretion unless there are exceptional circumstances. In September 2013, the government made certain changes to legislation regarding the taking out of pupils from school during term time in order to take a family holiday. 

Please be aware that we are bound by guidance from the Department of Education which states that you can receive a Penalty Notice for taking your child on holiday in term time without the school’s permission.

 

For your information the penalty notice is as follows:-

  • £60 per adult per child of statutory school age. For example, if there are 2 adults and 2 children a penalty of £240 would be levied, assuming it is paid within 21 days.

  • The fine will increase from £60 to £120 per adult per child after the 21 day period provided it is paid within 28 days. The payment period expires after 28 days.

  • Failure to pay the penalty could result in a criminal record.

 

Should a fine be appropriate it will be issued by and payable to the Local Authority and NOT Franche Community Primary School. School does not benefit from any fines.

 

All Leave of Absence requests must be made on the appropriate form (obtainable via a link below) and applied for in good time - school requires at least 4 weeks notice. A child disappearing from education is a serious matter, as such we may need to refer the disappearance to the Education Welfare Officer and/or the Police. 

 

Finally, we would like to emphasise that all procedures and actions taken as a result of an attendance concern are to safeguard and to promote the best academic outcomes for the children. At Franche Community Primary School, we pride ourselves on providing the best possible opportunities for all of our pupils and would appreciate you supporting us by ensuring that your child attends school regularly and on time.

Autumn Term 2021                                                          

TED Day (School Closed)

Thursday 2nd September

Friday 3rd September

      

Children return to school 

Monday 6th September

TED Day (School Closed)

Friday 22nd October

Half Term

Monday 25th October – Friday 29th October

Children return to school 

Monday 1st November

Last day of term

Friday 17th December

Spring Term 2022

TED Day (School Closed)

Tuesday 4th January

Children return to school 

Wednesday 5th January

Half Term

Monday 21st February – Friday 25th February

Children return to school 

Monday 28th February

Last day of term

Friday 8th April

Summer Term 2022

Children return to school 

Monday 25th April

Bank Holiday (School Closed)

Monday 2nd May

TED Day (School Closed)

Friday 27th May

Half Term

Monday 30th May – Friday 3rd June

Children return to school 

Monday 6th June

Last day of term

Thursday 21st July

Franche has a thriving Parent-Teacher Association, which organises major fundraising events throughout the year for the school and community.

In 2020 the efforts of the PTA meant they were able to pay £10,000 for a brilliant new Trim Trail to be installed, and in 2021 they donated funds to enable the school to purchase 30 new visualisers which made a fantastic difference to class learning, as well funding repairs to the Forest School Treehouse.

Every year the PTA donates money to help with things like school trips, as well as gifting every child a gift from Father Christmas in December.

 

 Key events on the PTA calendar usually include the fantastic Franche Bonfire & Fireworks, a wonderful array of Christmas activities, including professional pantomime visit for the whole school, Christmas Cards and Festive Fair including Santa’s Grotto, a Summer Fair and several Film Nights, Quizzes and Discos throughout the year.
Last November’s (2021) annual Franche Bonfire & Fireworks was the biggest in the school’s history, with more than £14,000 raised for the school.

 

The PTA also offers good quality Pre-loved school uniform at very reasonable prices, this is available to purchase via their website - https://www.pta-events.co.uk/franchepta/index.cfm?event=products#.YJz1drVKjIU

 

If you need a reliable way to label your uniform why not purchase a sheet of Stikins? Each order placed quoting the school reference number (7556) will provide the school with up to 30% commission. If you use the link below the number is filled in automatically for you!

 

 

 

The committee are already hard at work planning and organising lots of fab events to raise money for our lucky children. They are now focusing on raising funds to help repair our school pool, a facility that benefits all the pupils at Franche. The PTA will also subsidise the cost of an Upper School trip, cover the cost of our pupil insurance and fund our Year 6 Leavers Books.

 

A simple way you can get involved and support the PTA is to sign up for Easyfundraising and Amazon Smile!

Easyfundraising is an entirely free service that allows people to shop directly at their favourite online store and still raise money for our school, why not have a look!

 

https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/francheprimary/?utm_campaign=raise-more&utm_medium=clipboard&utm_content=cpl

 

AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service, but the PTA receives a donation for every eligible donation!
Support the PTA by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.co.uk.

 

 The PTA committee is always looking for new members. If you could spare a few hours a month you’d be very welcome! The current committee is;

 

Chair: Gemma Phillips;
Vice Chair: Emma Taylorson & Abi Moule;
Treasurer: Cat Borlase;
Secretary: Sarah Edmonds

 

If you’d like to offer your services or want to find out more you can leave a message at the main office or email pta@francheprimary.worcs.sch.uk

If you would like to find out more, see the contact page for more information.

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