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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.  


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 2019
Tuesday 4 September 2019 to Friday 20 December 2019
(NB: Tuesday 4 September 2019 is an INSET day.  First day of term for pupils is Wednesday 5 September 2019)

INSET day Tuesday 24 September 2019

Autumn Half Term Holiday

Monday 28 October 2019 to Friday 1 November 2019

INSET day Monday 4 November 2019

Spring Term 2020

Tuesday 7 January 2020 to Friday 3 April 2020

INSET day Friday 14 February 2020

Spring Half-Term Holiday
Monday 17 February 2020 to Friday 21 February 2020

Summer Term 2020

Monday 20 April 2020 to Wednesday 22 July 2020

Summer Half-Term Holiday
Monday 25 May 2020 to Friday 29 May 2020
(Monday 1 June 2020 is an INSET day.  Pupils return on Tuesday 2 June 2020


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.