Takeley Primary School

Learning, achieving and enjoying together

Our School Day

The School Office is open from 8.30am until 4.30pm. where you will be able to speak to Mrs Kelly Carter, our office manager, Mrs Roy Dempsey and Mrs Andrea Harvey, our admin assistants, regarding all queries. Absences can now be reported 24/7 via our 'Studybugs' app.

At the start of the school day the majority of the children enter via the bottom main school gates, with the exception of Year 6 children who enter via the central courtyard near the school office. From September 2018 parents may drop and pick up their children from their respective courtyard. Parents do not have to wait in the courtyard or on the infant playground, but can drop and go from 8:45am, with the children making their own way to their classroom for their early work supervised by their class teacher. Class LSAs are on duty in the morning at the various entrance points to the different courtyard areas, do please share any important messages that you wish to be passed onto your child's class teacher.

At the end of the day you may come into the courtyard areas to pick up your child, where teachers will be available, or arrange another suitable meeting point such as the Infant playground to pick up, especially if you have more than one child to collect. Year 5 and 6 children, particularly Year 6, are encouraged if they live within walking distance to be trusted to walk home to help develop their independence. Please do let the class teacher if this is the case. Year 3 and 4 children are released to independently find their parents at their agreed pick up point, if they cannot find the person due to pick them up they are expected to either report back to their class teacher or go to the school office to ensure they are safe. Reception, Year 1 and 2 children are only released directly to their parent or childminder, do please let the school know if there is a change to the normal person due to pick your child up.

In normal times our day operates as below:

Playground and classrooms open 8.40am, classes start at 8.55am, with registers closing at 9:00am

Breaktime 10.30am. - 10.45am.

Lunchtime  - Year R 11.45am. - 12.45 pm.  KS1 12.00 - 1.00pm.  KS2 12.15pm. - 1.15pm.

End of School Day - 3.20 pm.   

An example timetable for each year group is available in each year groups page for further information. Timetables are subject to change according to the various projects being taught or if we are running a particular themed day or week such as 'World Book Week' or 'Sports Week'.


COVID-19 Safeguarding measures to support staggered start and end times:

Reception: via lower school playground 9:00am to 3:00pm with lunchtimes from 11:30am to 12:15pm

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2): via lower school playground 8:50am to 3:10pm with morning break at 10:30am to 10:45am and lunchtimes from 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4): via Year 6 Courtyard gates 8:50am to 3:10pm with morning break at 10:30am to 10:45am and lunchtimes from 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 and 6): via Year 6 Courtyard gates 9:00am to 3:20pm with morning break at 10:45am to 11:00am and lunchtimes from 12:15pm to 1:15pm.

Gates open at the start of day 10 minutes before the start of the school day to allow for a further reduction in social distancing by allowing a phased arrival time.

Do please refer to https://www.takeley-pri.essex.sch.uk/parents/emergency-school-closure for further details.


To help ensure that children still have the expected contact and curriculum time each week we have collapsed whole school and phase assemblies each day to give an extra 15 minutes that make up for the 10 minutes lost due to our phased opening and closing times. Reception have had lunchtimes reduced from 60 minutes to 45 minutes each day to compensate for their more compact day compared to previous years. Please visit the relevant year group page under 'Our Curriculum' to see example timetables.