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Fawbert & Barnard's Primary School

Learning for Life

School Information


School Sessions are as follows:

8:40 am

Gates Open

8:45 am

Children enter classrooms

8:50 am – 12:00 noon

Morning session

1:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Afternoon session

School office hours:

8:30 am – 3:30 pm Monday to Friday


School officially starts at 8:50 am but all children should aim to enter their classrooms at 8:45 am.  This gives 5 minutes to get settled.  Please be punctual.  The security gates are opened at 8:40 am for children to enter the school.  Parents may wait around the edge of the main playground or Year 2 playground.  Parents of Junior children may leave as soon as the playground is supervised by the teacher on duty.

In wet weather, arrangements will be made for classes to enter their classrooms at 8:40 am. 


Please collect your children promptly.  The school gates are opened at 3:10 pm.  If your child is not collected after school and we have not been able to contact you or your emergency contact number by 5pm we will inform the police.


All children in Years 3, 4 and 5 are expected to take part in their evening performance at Christmas.  Y6 children perform in an evening performance in the summer term and are expected to attend.  Also in the summer, all children are expected to attend Open Evening to take part in their class activities.  Parents, family and friends may look around the school and view the children’s work on display and see their child’s next classroom.


The academic year calendar is published as soon as possible in the Autumn term.  We aim to send out reminder dates at the beginning of each term and any changes of dates are notified to parents immediately.


Autumn Term 2017
Monday 4 September 2017 to Wednesday 20 December 2017
(NB: Monday 4 September 2017 is an INSET day.  First day of term for pupils is Tuesday 5 September 2017)

INSET day Friday 6 October 2017

Autumn Half Term Holiday

Monday 23 October 2017 to Friday 27 October 2017

Spring Term 2018

Tuesday 2 January 2018 to Thursday 29 March 2018
(Tuesday 2 January 2018 is an INSET day.  Pupils return on Wednesday 3 January 2018)

Spring Half-Term Holiday
Monday 12 February 2018 to Friday 16 February 2018

(Monday 19 February 2018 is an INSET day.  Pupils return on Tuesday 20 January 2018)

Summer Term 2018

Monday 16 April 2018 to Friday 20 July 2018

Summer Half-Term Holiday
Monday 28 May 2018 to Friday 1 June 2018
(Monday 4 June 2018 is an INSET day.  Pupils return on Tuesday 5 June 2018)


The decision to close the school is taken after assessing a number of factors such as heating, safety of the grounds and the number of staff able to get into school. In the event of us closing we will follow the procedure below:

  • An e-mail will be sent to you stating we are closed or opening late
  • A message will be put onto this website in the "Notices & Announcements" box
  • Parents can look on the Essex County Council’s website. For live updates. This page will be constantly updated as notifications of school closures are received and will list next day closures from 6:00 pm each evening.
  • Essex Radio stations will also continue to broadcast school closure messages

If none of the above occur, we are OPEN as normal and there is no need to telephone to ask. Perhaps parents could arrange a telephone tree amongst friends in classes to make sure the message gets to everyone.