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Fawbert & Barnard's Primary School

Learning for Life

School Information


School Sessions are as follows:

8:40 am

Gates Open

8:40 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 – 4:00 pm Monday to Friday


School officially starts at 8:50 am but all children should aim to enter their classrooms between 8:40 and 8:50 am.  This gives 10minutes to get settled and begin early morning work.  Please be punctual.  The security gates are opened at 8:40 am for children to enter the school.   


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.  


The academic year calendar is published to the website 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 2021 
Thursday 2 September 2021 to Monday 20 December 2021
(NB: Thursday 2 September and Friday 3 September 2021 are INSET days. First day of term for pupils is Monday 6 September 2021.  Monday 20 December 2021 is also an INSET day.)

Autumn Half Term Holiday

Monday 25 October 2021 to Friday 29 October 2021

Spring Term 2022

Tuesday 4 January 2022 to Friday 1 April 2022

INSET day — Tuesday 4 January 2022.  Pupils return to school on Wednesday 5 January 2022.

Spring Half-Term Holiday
Monday 14 February 2022 to Friday 18 February 2022

Summer Term 2022

Tuesday 19 April 2022 to Thursday 21 July 2022

Summer Half-Term Holiday
Monday 30 May 2022 to Friday 3 June 2022
INSET Day — Friday 24 June 2022 


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 via parentmail 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.