School Contact Details
St Francis of Assisi Church of England Primary School
Tel: 01642 769942
For any queries, please contact the school administrators, Mrs Helen Martin or Miss Joanne Pickering, on the above telephone number or email address. If you need copies of anything from the website, please let us know and we will be happy to provide paper copies.
Headteacher: Mrs Louise Probets
Chair of Governors: Mr Haleem Ghafoor (can be contacted via the school office)
SENDCO: Mrs Marie Watson
CEO: Mr Damian Chubb
Dales Academies Trust
Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 5BL
Tel: 03301 242618
Please see our Admissions Policy 2022-2023 (this current year). All in-year admissions will be dealt with by contacting Stockton LA’s Admissions Team.
Please see our Admissions Policy 2023-2024 (applications for next academic year).
Please see our Admissions Policy 2024-2025.
The Admissions Policy for 2022-2023 has had an approved variation due to church closure in 2020. This is Footnote 4 on P4:
“In the event that during the period specified for attendance at worship the church has been closed for public worship and has not provided alternative premises for that worship, the requirements of these [admissions] arrangements in relation to attendance will only apply to the period when the church or alternative premises have been available for public worship.”
Stockton Local Authority can be contacted for information regarding school places and any appeals processes. The LA organises school place appeals. Further information can also be found on the school’s Admissions page.
Appeal a school place decision – Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
For the start of the academic year Reception admissions, parents have until the end of May to submit an appeal form and appeals will be heard in June/July. In-year appeals will be heard throughout the year.
Ofsted and SIAMS Reports
Our Ofsted inspection as St Francis of Assisi Voluntary Aided Church of England Primary School was rated as Outstanding in June 2011. Please click here for the link to the report. We are now a new school since becoming an academy.
Our SIAMS inspection rated our school as Excellent in March 2023. Please click here for a copy of the report.
Test, exam and assessment results (End of KS2 results for academic years 2021-2022 and 2018-2019)
Please see our results page.
Performance measures website
Our ‘compare school performance service’ information for our school can be found here. Prior to academisation, the school can be found here.
Our whole school curriculum intent, implementation and impact statement links to our school vision and can be found here. All our individual curriculum information can be found on the individual subject pages on this website as well as photographs and examples of learning throughout the different pages.
Following school closures in 2019 and beyond, we organised remote education for all our pupils. Please see our Remote Learning page for more information.
Please click here for our Remote Learning Policy.
Our behaviour and anti-bullying policy will provide you with all the information you may need. This is updated annually.
Pupil Premium and Recovery Premium
Our Pupil Premium Strategy is detailed on the dedicated page (see link). If you need any further information, please contact our Pupil Premium Lead, Mrs Mary Davies. Our Pupil Premium Governor is Mrs Mehnaz Rashid.
Please see our Catch Up Premium page for details of the grant and how it was spent during the academic year 2020-2021. Our Recovery Premium Funding review of outcomes for 2021-2022 can be found on P12 of the Pupil Premium Strategy Statement for 2022-2023.
PE and Sport Premium for primary schools
Details of the sport premium funding and how it has been spent is on the School Sports and Sports Premium page.
Public sector equality duty
Details of our Equality Policy including the School’s Equality Objectives can be found on our Equality Objectives page.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Our SENDCO is Mrs Marie Watson. We have a dedicated page on our website which details our school offer and annual information report. The school’s SEND Policy is also on this page as well as the Local Authority’s offer for pupils with SEND.
The school follows the Dales Academies Trust complaints policy. Please click for a copy of the Complaints Policy.
Charging and remissions policy
Please click for a copy of our Charging and Remissions Policy.
All other policies are on the Policies page.
Our school vision, values and ethos
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16.
Our school vision has this Bible passage deeply rooted within. All those in our school will value everyone as unique individuals and celebrate the distinctive and diverse nature of our community and the wider world. They will aspire to greater heights and continue to flourish beyond our school community. They will use the powerful knowledge they have gained to grow into valuable citizens whilst demonstrating resilience, determination, adaptability and being shining lights to others. Our school is laying the foundations for pupils to flourish and ‘live life in all its fullness’ (John 10:10).
Our Aims focus on LIGHT as we,
“Live, love and learn together in the light of Christ”
and link with the Church of England’s national vision for education.
In our safe and secure Christian environment, we demonstrate this through:
Love of all
- We love our neighbours; showing friendship towards all. We show dignity and respect towards the beliefs of others and the environment.
- Christian Values permeate through everything that we do within our school community.
- All God’s children are welcomed into our school family.
Ignite the light of Christ around all our children
- We ignite a passion for learning and curiosity to foster life-long learning through providing an excellent, ambitious, broad and balanced education to motivate all pupils.
- We build opportunities to develop wisdom, knowledge and skills including within local and global communities.
God at the centre of everything we do
- We are committed to daily acts of worship and connecting the Christian Values to the whole curriculum and to individuals’ own personal spiritual journey.
- We encourage pupils to serve others within and outside our school community.
Hope and Happiness
- We create a safe and secure, encouraging Christian environment and have high hopes so that children and adults can aspire to greater heights
- Pupils feel a sense of pride in their own achievements and the achievements of others.
- We foster the confidence for pupils to be determined, persevere and show resilience.
- We develop and maintain a positive and fulfilling partnership between children, parents, teachers and all others working within and alongside the school.
- We are content and appreciate what we have, and understand how our lives may differ from others.
- We encourage honesty and truthfulness across our school community.
- We pursue the truth and develop a sense of purpose throughout our school journey.
We have a uniform policy so that all pupils are the same and are not treated differently to anyone else. It also reduces the issues of peer pressure, distractions and allows all pupils to feel part of our school family and be proud to wear their uniform and promote what our school stands for. With this in mind we request that parents are mindful of any branding such as shoes, coats, sports kits in addition to the uniform. The impact of choosing expensive brands creates competition between pupils to have ‘the best’. This in turn means some families cannot afford such additions and can widen the issue of peer pressure of which the uniform policy is trying to reduce. By maintaining this stance we hope to reduce the financial burden to parents and the demanding requests of pupils for the ‘next best thing’ and the increasing expectations from children. As a school we want to work in partnership with parents to reduce these increasing expectations of pupils.
Please visit our Uniform page where further information and a copy of our uniform policy can be found.
School opening hours
Full information about our school’s opening hours and school day can be found on our School Day page.
Annual reports and accounts
To access financial information regarding our school’s:
- annual report
- annual audited accounts
- memorandum of association
- articles of association
- names of charity trustees and members
- funding agreement
Please visit the Dales website here.
Financial information, benchmarking and executive pay
To access information regarding our school’s financial benchmarking, please visit the following GOV.UK website here.
Financial Declaration: No individual earns in excess of £100k.