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Our School

Timings of the School Day

Children are expected to arrive punctually between 8:40am and 8:50am, where they enter through the front gate. Children go straight to classrooms to begin their learning.

Breaktime:   10.25am – 10.40am

Lunchtime:    12.00pm -1.00pm


3.00pm – Willow Class (EYFS and Year 1) – collected from the classroom

3.05pm – Beech Class (Years 2 and 3) – dismissed from the front foyer

3:10pm – Maple Class (Years 4 and 5) & Elm Class (Year 6) – dismissed from the front gate

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:




Our Teaching Staff


Suzy Ryan

Head Teacher

I have taught in primary education for over twenty years in Essex, London, and around the world. I am very happy to be back in my home county and to be part of such a wonderful school community and setting. I have taught all year groups throughout the primary age range; I have had responsibility for literacy, special educational needs, early years and PE. Since joining the school in March 2016 as Head Teacher, I have taught all classes – I do my best to get into classrooms as much as possible. Luckily, I still love my job!


Hayley Rollings

Deputy Head

I am currently the deputy head teacher here at Fingringhoe and I teach Maple Class (Years 4 & 5). I  have been a teacher for sixteen years and have taught across all year groups, but predominantly in KS2.  I know that all children deserve to have access to high quality education and a respectful, nurturing and caring environment and this is why it is such a pleasure to be part of the ‘Fingringhoe Family’.  I really do enjoy my job


Vicky Ward

I trained at St. Alfred’s in Winchester, qualifying with a BA in Education Hons (with QTS). Since qualifying I have worked in various schools across Colchester. I returned to Fingringhoe in 2013, choosing to work here as I attended Fingringhoe School as a child. It is a privilege to be part of the team, inspiring and enabling future generations.


Alex Yates

After completing my BA Hons degree in Politics and History at the University of Essex in 1997, I worked for a charity supporting children with special needs and their families. I then went on to complete a PGCE in primary education at Goldsmiths College in London. Since qualifying I have taught in schools in Braintree and Tendring, working with  all year groups in KS2. I am enjoying working at Fingringhoe school, where hardworking pupils and staff have created a fantastic school community.


Caroline Withrington

After completing my BSc hons degree in psychology from UEA in 2001, I returned there to study for my teacher training and completed my PGCE in 2003 . As a class teacher and 1:1 tutor, I have worked across a number of schools in this area. I joined Fingringhoe school in 2016 and have loved working here ever since. I feel very lucky and also very proud to work with such wonderful children and such a caring, supportive staff team.


Laura Baker

My name is Laura Baker and I teach Beech Class (years 2 and 3) 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.

Our Support Staff

Ali Trew

Teaching Assistant EYFS and 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.


Mel Bousfield

Office Manager


Tanya Clark

Teaching Assistant EYFS, KS1 and KS2.


Trudy Youngs

Finance Manager

Lisa Bloom 2018

Lisa Bloom

Teaching Assistant KS1 and 2


Corinne Bishop

Teaching Assistant KS1 and 2

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Fingringhoe C of E Primary School
Church Rd, Colchester
Essex CO5 7BN
01206 729266
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