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

Wednesday 31th January 2019- Coffee Morning Helicopter Stories Starter Training  09:30-11:30 £25          

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

To book please contact Vicki Franks,  helicopter@kemsley.kent.sch.uko