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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 2018
Tuesday 4 September 2018 to Thursday 20 December 2018
(NB: Tuesday 4 September 2018 is an INSET day.  First day of term for pupils is Wednesday 5 September 2018)

INSET day Friday 19 October 2018

Autumn Half Term Holiday

Monday 22 October 2018 to Friday 26 October 2018

Spring Term 2019

Friday 4 January 2019 to Friday 5 April 2019
(Friday 4 January 2019 is an INSET day.  Pupils return on Monday 7 January 2019)

Spring Half-Term Holiday
Monday 18 February 2019 to Friday 22 February 2019

Summer Term 2019

Tuesday 23 April 2019 to Wednesday 24 July 2019

Summer Half-Term Holiday
Monday 27 May 2019 to Friday 31 May 2019
(Monday 3 June 2019 is an INSET day.  Pupils return on Tuesday 4 June 2019
Wednesday 24 July 2019 is an INSET day.  Pupils finish on Tuesday 23 July 2019)


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.