Theydon Bois Primary School

Orchard Drive, Epping, Essex, CM16 7DH

01992 813083

Key Information 

Class Arrangements

There are three primary stages:

Foundation stage (Age 4 - 5) Reception

Key Stage 1 (Age 5 - 7) Years 1 and 2

Key Stage 2 (Age 7 - 11) Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Children are normally entered into Foundation classes with friends from pre-school. After this, we make every effort to group children according to friendship. We attach great importance to arranging classes with the smallest possible number. On average, classes have 30 pupils in them, but we try to keep the younger classes smaller if possible, to give every child the best possible start. As the number to admit each year is 45, children may be taught in classes with two year groups in them. Occasionally, classes will be grouped in single year groups. Within classes, children are grouped by ability in certain subjects.

The School Day

Foundation and KS1 (infants): 8.55am to 12.00noon, 1.00pm to 3.15pm

KS2 (juniors: 8.55am to 12.15pm, 1.10pm to 3.15pm

All children have a 15 minute break each morning. KS1 have a 10 minute break in the afternoon. Actual hours of teaching per week, excluding registration, breaks and assemblies, are 21 hours and 10 minutes for KS1 and 23 hours and 50 minutes for KS2.

Children should arrive between 8.45am and 8.55am and proceed straight to class. We ask that once parents have seen their infant into the playground, they leave as quickly as possible. Parents of juniors (KS2) are asked to say goodbye at the gate.


  • Registration takes place at the beginning of each session. Children who arrive after registration has taken place must report to the school office and sign in the late book before joining their class. If parents collect a child before a session ends, they must report to the school office and complete the signing out book.

The end of the day

  • Infant children stay with their teacher at the classroom door until they see their parents. Juniors go into the playground. If the parent is not in the playground, children are told to go back to their teacher until collected. Any children who remain uncollected are looked after in the medical room until someone arrives for them.

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