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Starting School and Admission Arrangements

Starting School:

When starting school, we know that parents and children can have mixed emotions. We work closely with families and early years settings to ensure as smooth a start as possible. We make visits to pre-schools and nurseries beforehand as well as organising induction sessions so our staff can get to know the children and you can get to know us. Our early years staff take great delight in providing a wonderful and exciting classroom space with carefully planned lessons and activities to engage pupils.

“An enabling environment has successfully been created where activities are designed to interest and stimulate children’s learning through play. Children are highly motivated and eager to join in demonstrating curiosity, imagination and concentration; they are confident and eager to talk about their learning. Well established routines enable children to settle quickly and independently. Pupil behaviour is good and pupils interact safely with each other and the environment.” Local Authority 2017

Admission Arrangements:

We welcome visits to our school by anyone interested in seeking  a place for their child. If you wish to visit the school or have any queries regarding admissions, please contact the school office. 

Parents wishing for their child to attend the school should make a formal application through the co-ordinated primary admissions scheme operated by Essex County Council, using the common application form. Applications for Year R must be received by the Local Authority on or before their published closing date for admission.

If an application is to be made, parents are invited to complete the school’s “Supplementary Information Form” in support of this, available here

Full Admissions Policy available here:






Timings of the School Day

Children are expected to arrive punctually at their allocated timeslot below, where they enter through their designated gate. Children go straight to classrooms to begin their learning.  If you arrive after your time slot please wait until the end of the times and enter through the main gate, maintaining social distancing at all times.

Breaktime:   10.25am (staggered)

Lunchtime:    12.00pm (staggered)

Drop off and collection times:

8.40am – 3.00pm – Willow Class (EYFS ) – Side Gate

8.40am – 3.00pm – Beech Class (Years 1 and 2) – Main entrance

8.50am – 3:10pm – Maple Class (Years 3 and 4) – Main entrance

8.50am – 3.10pm Elm Class (Year 5 and 6) – Side Gate

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Hannah Coyle

Acting Head Teacher

I feel incredibly privileged as the acting Headteacher of Fingringhoe, our school truly is a special place to be.

I live locally, having moved to Essex from Hertfordshire three years ago, and always used to drive past the school and imagine how wonderful it would be to work here!

I gained my Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Hertfordshire in 2007 and have taught in Key Stage 1 and 2 in schools across Hertfordshire and Essex. I enjoy my job very much and am passionate about helping every child achieve their fullest potential.

I hope you enjoy browsing our website. Visits to our school are warmly welcomed.

Rebecca Rees

Senior Teacher

Maple Class – Years 3 & 4

After completing my BA (Hons) degree, I moved on to complete my PGCE through the Suffolk SCITT scheme – that was 20 years ago! I have worked as a primary school teacher ever since, developing my career in schools around the Colchester area. I have taught in key stages 1 and 2 and Reception, working on senior leadership teams before having my own children. Since then, I have worked part time but my dedication to teaching and caring for children has never changed. Being part of their education is a privilege and I always strive to do my best for all the children I work with.
I have two primary aged children myself and family time is extremely important to me. My weekends are all about walking, bike rides and relaxing with a Sunday Roast dinner!
I feel very lucky to be working at Fingringhoe and will be teaching Maple class on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Jake Payne

Elm Class – Years 5 & 6

Information coming soon.


Laura Baker

Beech Class – Years 1 & 2

My name is Laura Baker and I teach Beech Class here at Fingringhoe School. I hold a degree in Early Childhood Studies from Anglia Ruskin University and a PGCE through the Essex SCITT program. During my PGCE studies, I had my placement at this school and fell in love with the family centred, community spirit you feel as you walk in the foyer. The staff are so supportive and good relationships have been formed between those who attend and support the school. I am very proud to teach here and am enjoying being responsible for reading and computing across the school.

Pip Otoole

Pip O’Toole

Willow Class – Reception

After achieving a BA (Hons) degree in Early Years Education in 2019, I went on to complete my teacher training and PGCE with Colchester Teacher Training Consortium (CTTC). Throughout my degree, I worked as an LSA and After School Club Manager at Fingringhoe and fell in love with the values of the school. The family ethos inevitably generates a nurturing environment in which the pupils can thrive both academically and emotionally. I feel incredibly privileged to join such a well-established and strong teaching team.

Emma Hurst

Maple Class – Year 3 and 4

Information coming soon.

Our Support Staff

Ali Trew

Teaching Assistant EYFS &  KS1


Claire Harrington-Clarke

Teaching Assistant EYFS and KS1


Denise Wright

Higher Level Teaching Assistant KS2


Diane Pickwell

Teaching Assistant KS2


Kerry Stainer

Catering Manager

Kerry prepares and  cooks all our healthy and tasty school lunches on site.


Tanya Clark

Teaching Assistant  KS2.


Trudy Youngs

Finance Manager

Lisa Bloom 2018

Lisa Bloom

Teaching Assistant KS1

Jane Page

Jane Page

Teaching Assistant & Afterschool Provision Manager

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