Kemsley Primary Academy

Coldharbour Lane, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 2RP

Helicopter Stories Champion: Vicki Franks


Kemsley Primary Academy is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The academy is part of the REAch2 (Raising Educational Achievement for Children) Academy Trust. There are eight classes, including two part-time Nursery classes and a Reception class. The Reception children attend full time. A small number of children attend the Nursery full time. Most pupils are of White British heritage. There is a small number of pupils from other ethnic groups. Although few pupils speak English as an additional language, there is a higher proportion in the Early Years classes. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils who are supported by the pupil premium is above average. There are currently a small number of looked after children at the academy.  The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is above average.



Vicki Franks Head of Early Years, has been training staff and using Helicopter Stories across the EYFS and KS1 since 2013. The approach has shown to encourage reluctant speakers to have confidence in their own voices. Vicki regularly invites parents to her Helicopter Stories sessions and they are very supportive of the approach. Kemsley Primary Academy became a Centre of Excellence in 2014 with Vicki qualifying as a Helicopter Champion.  

Kemsley Primary Academy are a fully qualified Helicopter Stories Certified Training Centre licensed to deliver full day training and coffee mornings.



Upcoming Training

Term 1 – Monday 9th October- How to introduce the approach in your classroom

Term 2 – Tuesday 14th November- Using the approach to support high levels of involvement and wellbeing

Term 3 – Wednesday 31st January - Creative ways to record and share stories

Term 4 – Thursday 8th March - Introducing the approach to parents

Term 5 – Thursday 26th April - Moving on! Links to the development of writing and KS1

Term 6 – Tuesday 12th June - Using Helicopter stories to support end of year judgements and moderation

A guideline for each session: 30 mins in the hall to provide short introduction to the approach with different links to the work of Vivian Gussin Paley; followed by 45 mins approx. in Reception watching the Storytelling and Story Acting around the stage being modelled. Then 45 mins back in the hall for questions and for some information relating to the termly focus.             

Only drinks will be provided along with a roll of masking tape (everything you need to get started!)

To book please contact Vicki Franks, or download the flyer here...