Frequently Asked Questions
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 school the best it can possibly be for you and your children.
How much does wrap-around care cost?
Please visit: Wrap Around Care
What kind of activities will be on offer during wraparound care?
Your child is 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 i.e. will I be able to book until 6.00 pm one day and until 4.00pm on another day?
Yes, although this is subject to availability. We operate a pre-booking system.
Do Reception children start the year on a part-time basis?
No, all reception children will start the year in September on full school hours, 8.30am to 3.00pm, plus wrap-around if booked.
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 including breakfast)
- 8.30am (registration)
- 12.00pm – 12.55pm (lunch)
- 3.00pm (end of school day)
- 3.00pm – 6.00pm (wrap around including a light snack/meal)
Is there a Forest School area on site?
Yes, we have three acres of landscaped grounds which includes two exciting Forest School areas.
Will we be able to visit school before the children start at school?
Yes, we offer several transition sessions for new children starting in Reception. If you have a child starting at a different time during the school year, we can be flexible around their (and your) transition needs, contact the school office for details on this.
How will parents/carers be kept informed?
You will be kept informed about your child's progress and wellbeing through the Seesaw app, conact with staff, parents/carers' evenings, parents/carers' workshops, weekly newsletters, website and Facebook.
Do pre-school children have a uniform?
Pre-school children wear a NWPA Pre-School polo shirt and sweatshirt/cardigan, which they wear with dark joggers or leggings.
Do pre-school children automatically get a place in reception?
Children are not automatically given a place in reception. Even if your child already attends pre-school at North Worcester Primary Academy. It is your responsibility as a parent/carer to apply for your child’s school place.
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. Free schools are funded by the government but are not run by the local authority.
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 is North Worcester Primary Academy (NWPA) situated?
We can be found on the old Park and Ride site in Perdiswell. We are situated on John Comyn Drive, just off the Droitwich Road.
Why did you propose 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.
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.
Does 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?
Parents are invited to join the Friends of NWPA.
Their email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Their facebook is https://www.facebook.com/friendsofNWPA
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 advocates will reflect the local community and ensure we continue to build community relationships and local knowledge.