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.

Reception to Year 2

Red polo shirt with school logo

Navy skirt or dress

Navy cardigan with school logo

White socks or navy tights

Black shoes

Year 3 to Year 6

Blue and white checked dress with white socks or navy tights and black shoes or sandals

Light blue shirt

School tie

Navy jumper or cardigan with school logo

Grey or black trousers, skirt or dress

Socks or tights

Black shoes (not trainers)

Reception to Year 2

Red polo shirt with school logo

Navy jumper with school logo

Grey trousers (or shorts)

Grey or black plain socks

Black shoes

Year 3 to Year 6

Blue and white checked shirt with grey or black trousers. With that should be black shoes or sandals with grey or black socks.

Light blue shirt

School tie

Navy jumper with school logo

Grey or black trousers

Grey or black socks 

Black shoes (not trainers)

 All Franche branded items, including polo shirts, jumpers, badges, ties, bookbags, PE t-shirts and jackets are available from The School Shop, Prospect Hill, Kidderminster DY10 1PA. Tel 01562 823763

 

 

All general uniform items can be purchased from a range of outlets in Kidderminster including Marks & Spencer, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Lidl, Aldi, Next, Debenhams.

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 8.40am and morning registration takes place before 9.00am. The doors are open from 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 early as possible in the morning. If we have not heard from you by 10.00am, 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.

  • When your child is better please send them back to school with a letter/absence form explaining the absence. Absence forms may be obtained from your child’s class teacher, or below.

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 be fined for taking your child on holiday in term time without the school’s permission.

 

For your information the fines are as follows:-

  • £60 per adult per child of statutory school age. For example, if there are 2 adults and 2 children a fine of £240 would be levied, assuming the fine 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 fine 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 from the main office) 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.

Click the links below for more information on how absence from school can affect your child's learning.

Autumn Term 2020                                                          

TED Day (School Closed)

Wednesday 2nd September

      

Children return to school 

Thursday 3rd September

TED Day (School Closed)

Friday 23rd October

Half Term

Monday 26th October – Friday 30th October

Children return to school 

Monday 2nd November

Last day of term

Friday 18th December

Spring Term 2021

TED Day (School Closed)

Monday 4th January

 

Children return to school 

Tuesday 5th January

Half Term

Monday 15th February – Friday 19th February

Children return to school 

Monday 22nd February

Last day of term

Wednesday 31st March

TED Day (School Closed)

Thursday 1st April

Summer Term 2021

Children return to school 

Monday 19th April

TED Day (School Closed)

Friday 28th May

Half Term

Monday 31st May – Friday 4th June

Children return to school 

Monday 7th June

Last day of term

Wednesday 21st July

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

Friday 22nd July

Franche has a thriving Parent-Teacher Association, which organises major fundraising events throughout the year for the school and community. Last year the efforts of the PTA paid for more than 50 iPads for the school. Key events on the PTA calendar include a Summer Fair, Franche Bonfire & Fireworks, Christmas events, charity coffee mornings and welcome events. A huge thank you to the PTA for all their hard work and efforts in raising funds for our school.

 

The committee are already hard at work planning and organising lots of fab events to raise money for our lucky children. Last November’s annual Franche Bonfire & Fireworks was the biggest in the school’s history, with more than £12,000 raised for the school. The PTA and the school have agreed to donate £10,000 towards re-marking the playground for Lower School pupils to make it a more fun and safe environment for them. They will also subsidise the cost of an Upper School trip, covering the £1,500 costs of a coach. The PTA also organises and runs amazing activities throughout the year, including a traditional Valentine’s Disco for all ages, and a brilliant array of Christmas activities, including professional pantomime visit for the whole school and Festive Fair including Santa’s Grotto.

 

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: Michelle Powell, Anna L’Huillier and Kate Cannon;
Treasurer: Claire Didlick;
Secretary: Sarah Maitland-Powell

If you’d like to offer your services or want to find out more you can leave a message at the main office.

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