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Extended Services

Knowle Primary Academy provides a range of services and activities outside of the normal school day to help meet the needs of their children as well as their parents, families and local community. These include clubs, activities, classes and support for learning.

Breakfast Buddies

Age Range  3-11

Opening Hours  7.30am – 8.45am

Staffing Ratio 1:8 as a minimum. All staff are suitably qualified and experienced 

Breakfast Buddies opens at 7.30am in the Junior Hall each morning and runs until the start of the school day. Children can arrive any time from 7.30am. Our Breakfast Club Leader Mrs Simpson is ably assisted by a team of Play Leaders who ensure that the children are provided with a healthy breakfast and engaged in a variety of fun activities until it is time for school.

Children can help themselves to a selection of toast, preserves, cereal, fruit and juice all freshly prepared on the premises. Our youngest children will receive all the support they need to ensure that they eat a healthy nutritious breakfast.

Once breakfast has finished, the children can join in a range of fun activities including board games, colouring, pom-pom making, construction and table football etc. The activities are appropriate to the age of the children. There is a common room which our Year 5 and 6 pupils can use once they have had breakfast.

Jo Jingles

Jo Jingles takes place on a Tuesday afternoon and is run by Vicky Burden who has been providing similar classes throughout the Solihull area since January 2007.

Jo Jingles provides hands–on musical experience using percussion instruments. Each week there is a fun, educational theme i.e. colours, shapes, numbers using well known nursery rhymes and action songs. There is a wide range of exciting themes, props, visuals and instruments introduced throughout the sessions to aid the children’s understanding and learning of the theme.

Leapfrog Sports

Leap Frog Sports will be run on a Thursday afternoon by Amanda Barrett who is a High Performance Coach and Rhythmic Gymnastics Coach/Judge.

Leapfrog Sports classes are centred on the children having fun and developing their personal and social skills. It provides a way for pre-school children to be active and start to get involved with sport from an early age, which will help them on the first steps to achieving a lifelong love of sport and all the benefits that being active can bring.

Both Jo Jingles and Leapfrog Sports classes are 30 minutes in length and will run within the Little Stars sessions at an extra cost of £3.50 per week per class.

Little Stars

Age Range   3-4

Opening Hours   11.45am – 3.15pm (including lunch break)

Staffing Ratio 1:8 as a minimum. All staff are suitably qualified and experienced

We are delighted to offer additional afternoon childcare for those children who secure a place at Knowle CE Primary Academy Nursery.

Little Stars will offer learning and development opportunities which are focussed on the needs and interests of individual children whilst taking into account the length of the learning day and the prior experiences of morning nursery. Our team of staff will be led by Miss Griffiths our Childcare and Extended Services Manager who will plan and deliver an exciting range of activities interspersed with opportunities to rest and recuperate from all the fun which can be very exhausting when you are only 3!!

To ensure that the children benefit fully from all of our wonderful resources and facilities and that every opportunity is taken to support their development, the Little Stars team will work in close collaboration with the morning nursery teaching team.

It is the intention that children stay until 3.15pm in order to get the best from the session. Little Stars is a time when children are developing and building on skills and staying until 3.15pm will be preparation for full time education. However, children can be collected before 3.15pm in exceptional circumstances.


After the children have finished morning nursery they will eat their lunch supervised by Little Stars staff. Children may order a hot lunch or bring their own packed lunch. Hot lunches are charged at £1.85 per day and may be ordered via the school office at the start of the term.

Little Stars Classes

We can also offer children the opportunity to participate in weekly Jo Jingles and Leapfrog Sports sessions to enhance their learning experience.

Play Station

Age Range  3-11

Opening Hours 3.15pm – 6.00pm

Staffing Ratio 1:8 as a minimum. All staff are suitably qualified and experienced

Under the direction of Miss Griffiths our Childcare and Extended Schools Manager and Senior Play Leaders, our team of staff will provide all children with the opportunity to play and socialise with friends in a comfortable, happy and secure environment. There will be a range of activities on offer appropriate to the age of the children, such as competitions, arts and craft, cooking, board games, organised outdoor activities, homework clubs and a choice of child led activities. We will continue to develop the range of resources on offer, so that they mirror the needs and interests of the children who attend. Our aim is to make after school an exciting time which provides enriching opportunities whilst further developing and supporting the acquisition of key skills.

Subject to numbers, the children will generally be split into Under 8’s and Over 8’s. They will be provided with a biscuit/fruit and a drink when they arrive. At around 5pm all the children who are booked in until 6pm will join together and enjoy a light snack to see them through until home time.