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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 – 4:00 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 2020
Thursday 3 September 2020 - Friday 18 December 2020
(NB: Thursday 3 September and Friday 4 September 2020 are an INSET day. First day of term for pupils is Monday 7 September 2020)

Autumn Half Term Holiday

Monday 26 October 2020 to Friday 30 October 2020

Spring Term 2021

Monday 4 January 2021 to Friday 26 March 2021

INSET days - Monday 4 January 2021 and Tuesday 5 January 2021.  Pupils return to school on Wednesday 6 January 2021.

Spring Half-Term Holiday
Monday 15 February 2021 to Friday 19 February 2021

Summer Term 2021

Monday 12 April 2021 to Wednesday 21 July 2021

Summer Half-Term Holiday
Monday 31 May 2021 to Friday 4 June 2021
INSET Day - Friday 18 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.