Frequently Asked Questions (2019)
This is a working document and we will continue to add questions as they are asked. We are continuing to take advice from all stakeholders, including parents/carers, in order to make our new school the best it can possibly be for you and your child(ren).
Will Holiday club run all year round?
Yes, except for bank holidays and two weeks at Christmas.
How much will wraparound care cost?
Breakfast Club: 7.30am – 8.30am £3.50
3.00pm – 4.00pm £3.50
4.00pm – 5.00pm £3.50
5.00pm – 6.00pm £3.50
What kind of activities will be on offer during wraparound care?
Your child will be able to choose from a range of fun and inspiring age-appropriate activities such as arts/crafts, sports/games, reading and roleplay.
Are sessions flexible ie. will I be able to book until 6.00pm one day and until 4.00pm on another day?
Yes, although this will be subject to availability. We will operate a pre-booking system.
Will YR children start full time in September?
Yes, all reception children will start on a full-time basis on Wednesday 4th September 2019.
What time does the school day start?
The school day starts at 8.30am and finishes at 3.00pm. We have decided to start slightly earlier than other local schools to reduce congestion and give parents/carers time to drop off their children before travelling to work.
- 7.30am – 8.30am (wrap around)
- 8.40am (registration)
- 12.00pm – 12.55pm (lunch)
- 3.00pm (end of school day)
- 3.00pm – 6.00pm (wrap around)
Will there be a Forest School area on site?
Yes, we have three acres of landscaped grounds which will include an exciting Forest School area.
How do I become a SIB member?
We will be holding a parent vote during the first few weeks of September for anyone wishing to become a SIB member. Forms will be sent out over the summer to all parents/carers who have expressed an interest in this role.
When will staff be appointed?
Our Executive Head, Sian Williams, and our EYFS Assistant Head, Emily Calvert, have been appointed. The next appointments will take place in May. You will be able to meet new staff at the transition day on Friday 24th May and at our family Teddy Bears’ Picnic in June/July.
Will we be able to visit school before the children start in September?
This will depend on the progress of the build. However, all parents/carers will be invited to our grand opening ceremony in September.
Will my child meet other children from Rivers?
Yes, your child will take part in various MAT events such as carol concerts, sporting events, maths days, Riversfest and visits to and from other schools within the MAT.
How will parents/carers be kept informed?
You will be kept informed about your child's progress and wellbeing through daily contact with staff, parents/carers'evenings, parents/carers' workshops, weekly newsletters, website, Facebook and Twitter.
Will pre-school children have a uniform?
Pre-school children will wear a NWPA Pre-School polo shirt and sweatshirt/cardigan, which they will be able to wear with dark joggers or leggings.
Frequently Asked Questions (2018)
What is a free school?
Free schools are new schools that are set up by people who identify a need and/or demand for a school in their local area.
Why do we need a new school in North Worcester?
There has been a significant increase in the number of primary places required in North Worcester due to changes in demographics, popularity of the area and newly developed housing estates.
Where will North Worcester Primary Academy (NWPA) be situated?
We will open on the old Park and Ride site in Perdiswell, Worcester in September 2019.
How big will the school be?
The school will have an intake of 60 pupils per year, starting with reception classes and a pre-school in 2019.
Why are you proposing to open with only reception and pre-school classes?
Our proposed intake reflects the pre-opening requirements set by the Department for Education (DfE). When starting a new school, we believe that it is really important to nurture the first year and establish the culture of the new school.
How will admissions work for the school?
A copy of our Admissions Policy can be found on our website.
How do I apply for a place at the school?
For 2019 entry, the school will process applications outside the normal local authority process for co-ordinating school offers. This means you will need to complete your LA common application form for your other choices of school in addition to a separate application for NWPA which can be found on our website.
Will my catchment school allocation change as a result of the new school opening?
No. Your catchment details will remain the same through the Local Authority and you will be allowed to apply as normal for your preferred choice of schools. However, you will also be allowed to apply separately for a place in NWPA.
Does this mean I can hold two places in two different schools?
Yes. However, we recommend speaking to both schools as soon as possible to inform them of your confirmed acceptance, in order that the other school can release your place to another prospective parent.
Is there nursery provision at the school?
NWPA will have a dedicated 26 place pre-school on the school premises which will open alongside our main school in September 2019.
Does NWPA offer wraparound care?
Yes. We will be offering a breakfast club, a wide range of after-school activities and an after-school care club.
Will funding the school mean there will be less money for the other provision in the area?
No. Funding for the school will be equivalent to the funding of other maintained schools and academies in the local authority area. The opening of the school does not mean that the overall funding available in the area goes down. However, the total funding an individual school receives will depend on the number of pupils attending.
Who monitors a free school's standards?
As with any other state funded school, North Worcester Primary Academy will be subject to OFSTED inspections and will be overseen by a governing committee.
How will the school be accountable?
The school will be run by a local governance committee and will be accountable to the Board of Trustees of the Rivers CofE Academy Trust, who oversee it. In addition, the school will be accountable to the Department for Education through the terms of its Funding Agreement.
Will NWPA follow the National Curriculum?
Yes. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum which fulfils all aspects of the National Curriculum alongside offering our children a variety of additional experiences to give them the social skills and confidence to become lifelong learners.
How can parents get involved?
Any parents who are interested in finding out more information, or who would like to attend one of our future open day events, can register their interest on our website.
How can the community get involved?
At NWPA we aim to make a difference through working alongside staff, pupils, parents and community partners to promote our vision and values. Our school governors will reflect the local community and ensure we continue to build community relationships and local knowledge. Community governor positions will be advertised nearer the time of opening. If you are interested in finding out more please get in touch or register on our website.