School Day

Times  of the school day

The school day starts at 8.50 am and finishes at 3.15 pm.  Registration is from 8.50 am to 9.00 am.  We have a Breakfast Club from 7.45am each morning.

Morning Playtime

Our morning playtime is at 10.15 to 10.30 am.  The whole school have playtime together.  Children in Reception and Key Stage 1 have a 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 20p 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.


 All children have their lunch in the main hall, with children in Ducklings and Sparrows Class having lunch from 12.15 - 1.15 and children in Robins and Woodpeckers from 12.30 - 1.15.  We are able to provide hot school meals, cooked on the premises and based on a 3 week 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 on Thursdays for the following week through the school office. Please speak to Mrs Wakeling in 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 3.15 pm.  Parents are able to wait by the demountable and children will be brought there by class teachers.  If there are any changes to who is collecting our 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, running from 3.15 - 4.15.  There are places available in all clubs - please ask for more details from the school office.


As well as our after school activity clubs, we also run an after school club on Wednesdays until 5.45pm.  Please ask at the office if you would like more information.