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Our School

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 and Year 1) – Green Gate

8.40am – 3.00pm – Beech Class (Years 2 and 3) – Main Gate

8.50am – 3:10pm – Maple Class (Years 4 and 5) – Green Gate

8.50am – 3.10pm Elm Class (Year 6) – Main 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:







Ceri Daniels

Interim Head Teacher & SENCo

I have been a Primary School teacher for nearly 25 years and a Headteacher for the past 4 years. My other school is Holy Trinity in Eight Ash Green. I absolutely love my job and find working with children so rewarding.  I am a qualified SENCo and completed my Masters Degree in 2017 with a specialism in Education and special educational needs. I am passionate about providing a quality education for all children including those who are at a disadvantage or require additional support.

I have two teenage children who attended Fingringhoe when they were small so I have always had a soft spot for the school. I love reading, walking my sprocker spaniels and being outdoors. I am also a bit of a footy fan & avidly watch Spurs games.

I am very much enjoying being part of the Fingringhoe team & feel it is a privilege to work here.


Sue Faulkner

Interim Head Teacher

I have been a headteacher for many years.  I was really fortunate that I was given the opportunity to be seconded from my school to help a school that was in Special measures; from there I joined the local authority to work in schools that were in difficulty helping them to develop and thrive.

After that I joined the local authority’s  school improvement team, working largely in the south of the county.

Education has always been a passion for me and to see pupils and staff develop and be successful is a joy to me.  I am delighted to be working here amongst such a dedicated and supportive team.  Your children are a credit to you all.

I have four children and two are working in education; a bit of a family trait!


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.


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.

Pip Otoole

Pip O’Toole

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.

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

Jane Page

Jane Page

Teaching Assistant & Afterschool Provision Manager

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