#1 THIS IS A GREAT SCHOOL!
Your child is assured a fantastic start to their school life. Our school is rated Good with outstanding features by Ofsted, while the wraparound and early years 726 provision we offer on site is rated Outstanding.
Housed in updated and very spacious classrooms, with performance and sports halls, our pupils thrive in a caring, stimulating environment, with acres of outdoor play space.
Throughout the school our pupils receive a high quality education delivered by experienced, qualified specialist staff, giving them many opportunities to excel. From the time they start at Franche, our pupils learn they are part of a popular, inclusive, community-orientated school
We are proud of the partnership we have developed with our parents, who we seek to keep fully informed and part of their child’s education through regular letters home, weekly newsletters, Franche Flyer magazine, parents’ evenings and regular invites into school.
Parents, grandparents and carers join us for stay-and-play sessions and parent information evenings, help us as volunteer readers and support our fund raising events and activities organised by our Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Our active PTA supports the school in all sorts of ways – last year their fundraising paid for the purchase of dozens of iPads for pupils. We also have an experienced and enthusiastic governing body who support our school in its mission to help every child achieve their potential.
#2 INSPIRING LEADERSHIP
We have a fantastic set of school leaders, from members of the Senior Leadership Team, to amazing Year Band and Subject Leaders.
#3 AN UNRIVALLED REPUTATION LOCALLY FOR INCLUSIVITY
Whatever your child’s gift or talent, or whatever challenges they face, we will work with them to provide a truly individualised education. Our staff work exceptionally hard to provide a secure, happy and creative environment where all children can thrive, irrespective of their starting point and ambitions. All are encouraged to take responsibility and become independent learners.
We celebrate all our children’s achievements, from the children with special gifts and talents who we help to reach their personal goals, including those who win academic and music scholarships to nearby schools, to the children identified as requiring additional support from our Special Educational Needs team. For example, our most able mathematicians take part in a community Maths Challenge (and win!); our most able potential engineers are invited to a special afterschool club; and our talented creative writers are encouraged to enter competitions.
We also organise one to one and small group support for children to help them reach their learning goals; and provide specialist opportunities, sometimes using Pupil Premium funding, to build self esteem and confidence, including a Riding Club. Every child is supported to strive to reach their potential, enabling them to head into the next stage of their school journey with confidence.
#4 SPECIALIST TEACHERS
One of the benefits of being a larger school is that we have the capacity to employ specialist subject teachers, who not only bring their expertise to the classroom but also support the training and development of all staff.
These include specialist practitioners in Maths, English, PE, Music & Languages. Our Science provision is award winning. These specialists help and support learning across the school, ensuring lessons are creative, exciting and in line with best practice nationally.
For example, our specialist maths practitioner uses her extensive knowledge to ensure maths across the school is fun, energised and effective. She also has a professional accreditation recognising her extensive experience and skill in developing maths teaching.
We were recently awarded a Silver Science Award, recognising the high quality of science teaching and opportunities available to pupils, including our astronomy evenings and Imagineering science club.
Our children learn a Modern Foreign Language from the age of three and we focus on Spanish.
#5 EXCEPTIONAL ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES
A truly breathtaking array of opportunities are provided for our children to ensure that their lives are enriched in the classroom, in play, on the sports field and in the music room. Friday afternoons are dedicated to enrichment activities, with every pupil offered the chance to take part in brilliant expertled sessions in everything from magic to learning the Maori language, from chess to Manga drawing and archery to drama.
The aim is to give youngsters the chance to learn new skills which will raise their self esteem and confidence, encourage them to challenge themselves and push them out of their comfort zone, and reward achievement and endeavour. Every enrichment afternoon ends with a celebration assembly, when pupils get the chance to show their peers what they have accomplished. The usual buzz and liveliness that epitomises life at Franche goes up another notch on Friday afternoons!
But the opportunities are not restricted to school hours. We offer after school clubs every night in another round of activities, from ballet and cheerleading to football to traditional board games. More than 20 activities take place every week… with every one of them offered free.
#6 AT THE HEART OF THE COMMUNITY, WITH COMMUNITY AT ITS HEART
Franche is a true community school. We host a regular lunch club for older people, who come in and eat with our children; we run large scale community events, including a very popular bonfire and fireworks, a summer fair, and festive activities, together attended by thousands of people every year.
We regularly fundraise for community charities and distribute harvest and Christmas hampers, all to help instill in our children that they are part of a wider community.
We also host a wide range of clubs on our premises outside school hours, including martial arts, fitness, slimming and activity clubs.
#7 SUPER SPORTING CHALLENGES
Outstanding sports opportunities are coordinated by our specialist sports teachers and coaches, who support all teachers and teaching assistants to deliver an unrivalled selection of sports.
We have highly rated competitive teams in boys’ and girls’ football, hockey, tag rugby, athletics and cross country. Our pupils also take part in gymnastics, dance, martial arts, football, rugby and cricket to a high level. Every pupil is encouraged to be active, with regular sporting challenges, playtime activities coordinated by play leaders, and weekly PE lessons.
We are the only state primary school in Kidderminster with our own swimming pool. Every child develops their water skills in our learner pool at an early age, before learning to swim under the eagle eye of swimming coach Diane Jackson and her team.
We’ve got a large playing field and playgrounds, a trim trail and play apparatus areas, as well as a large, landscaped outdoor classroom in the Early Years unit. We are fortunate to be located next to White Wickets public sports fields, with football, rugby and running facilities, a basketball court and a BMX track.
#8 MAGICAL MUSIC MAKING
Music is brought to life at Franche, coordinated by a specialist music teacher who brings exceptional knowledge and creativity. This ensures we maximise musical opportunities for pupils of all ages and abilities.
We have our own choir, junior orchestra, Glee-style Showstoppers Club and regular Franche Has Talent events. Our pupils have sung in Symphony Hall and at the NEC in Birmingham, and they regularly perform at Kidderminster Town Hall.
Every Christmas all years take part in festive shows, and our Year 6 put on an end-of-primary showcase every July. Instrument lessons are offered to all years, and we also provide whole class learning of recorder, ukulele, percussion and flute.
#9 FABULOUS FOOD
Cookery and nutrition are given a very high status at Franche. It’s our mission to provide every child with the knowledge and skills they need to make informed, healthy food choices.
Hot meals, prepared fresh daily in our state of the art new kitchens, are offered to every child at Franche – free to all those from Reception to Year 2 and at the lowest possible cost to all other pupils.
We are also a Food for Life school, holding a prestigious Gold award. This means we have been independently assessed for the quality of the food we source and cook, and for the education we provide for children around utrition and food.
We are one of only a handful of primary schools in Worcestershire with a cookery classroom, complete with ovens, hobs and preparation areas.
Every year we host our own “Masterchef” competition for all ages – a hotly contested live final is the highlight of our annual Food Festival!
#10 EXCELLENT ECO CREDENTIALS
We have our own forest area on site, where our pupils enjoy forest school – including den building, nature conservation, fire safety and how to handle tools safely. They become more aware and knowledgeable about the environment around them. We also have a treehouse classroom, an eco pod house and a bottle house created by our children and parents. We grow vegetables and herbs on site and host an eco club and gardening club.