School Day

Times  of the school day

In order to stagger our start times, in the Autumn Term the school day for Ducklings and Sparrows will start at 9am and finish at 3pm.  The school day for Robins and Woodpeckers will start at 9.15 and end at 3.15.  Registration is from 9.00 to 9.15 for Ducklings and Sparrows and 9.15 to 9.30 for Robins and Woodpeckers.  We have a Breakfast Club from 7.45am each morning.

Morning Playtime

Our morning playtime is at 10 - 10.15 for our younger classes or 10.15 to 10.30 am for older classes.  The whole school cannot currently have playtime together, as would normally be the case.  Children in Reception and Key Stage 1 have a fruit snack which is provided for them.  Children in KS 2 are encouraged to bring a healthy snack with them for their playtime snack and Woodpeckers run a Tuck Shop with healthy items available to all for 30p each.

Children under 5 are offered free milk on daily basis.  This is given to the children in Ducklings as part of their snack time.


 Currently, children have their lunch in the classrooms, with children in Ducklings and Sparrows Class having lunch from 12.00 - 1.00 and children in Robins and Woodpeckers from 12.30 - 1.30.  We are able to provide hot school meals, cooked on the premises and based on a rota of menus which are available from the school office. School meals are free to children in EYFS and KS1 and cost £2.50 per day for children in KS2, other than those children who are eligible for Free School Meals.  Meals are ordered each morning in class - children can select between a hot meat meal, a vegetarian hot meal, or a baguette with a choice of fillings.  Alternatively, they can bring a packed lunch from home.   Please speak to the school office about school lunches and for advice about whether or not you may be eligible for Free School Meals.


Our school day ends at 3pm or 3.15 pm.  Parents should wait by the playpark gate for children in Ducklings, Sparrows and Robins and by the bike shelter gate for children in Woodpeckers - children will be brought there by class teachers.  If there are any changes to who is collecting your child we would be grateful if you could make the office aware of this.  Some parents of pupils in Y6 may give their permission for children to walk home alone - if you would like your child to walk home themselves we would ask that you give your permission in writing.   If you know you may be late to collect your child from school, we would appreciate it if you could telephone and let the office know.  Please note that we will not send a child home with another adult, or allow them to walk home themselves, unless we have your express permission in writing, in person or by phone.  Parents are asked to complete a form detailing those adults who are authorised to collect a child at the start of their time at Great Tey and to keep this information up to date.

After School Clubs

We have at least one activity club after school each day except Tuesday, which is when we have staff meetings.  Clubs run from 3pm - 4pm for Ducklings and Sparrows and from 3.15pm - 4.15pm for Robins and Woodpeckers.  


As well as our after school activity clubs, we have also run an after school club on Wednesdays until 5.45pm.  This is currently not running due to lack of demand but can be reinstated on Wednesdays or on different days if we have enough demand.  Please contact the headteacher if you would be interested.