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Reception 2021 Virtual Tour now available - please see below! Opportunities to meet our Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team via Zoom!

Head Teacher's Welcome

At Rayne Primary and Nursery School, we are very proud of our children and everything that they achieve. We strongly believe that Primary Education is significant, it provides the foundation for children and we feel very privileged to be working with the families and community to shape our young people for the future. The children are the most important people within the school and we strive to ensure that their time with us is both productive and happy. We work hard to develop each child so that during their time with us they become confident individuals who are ready for the next stage in their learning.

Our aim is high quality education and our school is well placed in the heart of Rayne community to provide this. The school has been part of this village since 1878, moving to its present site in Capel Road in 1975. Spacious classrooms, a library, computing suite with relevant IT resources and a parents’ room all mean that we have good facilities to develop a structured and vibrant curriculum to inspire our children and enhance learning.

Links between parents and school are vitally important to us. We encourage an open flow of communication between school and home so that parents really feel in touch with their child’s development and part of the school community.

If you would like to find out more about the school then please do not hesitate to contact the school office and we would be happy to show you around so that you can see the school in action. We look forward to meeting you and working with you and your children.


Mrs. Keeling,


Reception 2021-2022 Intake

Welcome to Rayne Primary School. We are so sad that you cannot visit us in person at this time but please view the following video from our Headteacher Mrs Keeling and a Virtual Tour presentation, to see what we can offer your Reception child:

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Should you have any questions or queries please contact our office on 01376 324 959 or email: office@rayne.essex.sch.uk

Please click on the link below to access the Zoom codes, to attend one of our Meet the Headteacher/Senior Leadership Team meetings:

Latest School Update:

How to Contact Us:

You can contact your child's teacher by using the relevant email address:

Apple & Oak: eyfs@rayne.essex.sch.uk

Maple & Willow: ks1@rayne.essex.sch.uk

Beech, Elm, Pine, Hazel & Chestnut: ks2@rayne.essex.sch.uk

Reading Update:

Lockdown 3.0 - Class Book Collection

Free School Meals

Privacy Notice for FSM

Pupil Premium leaflet: Additional funding can be claimed by the school based on the number of children  registered for FSM. 

Your child may be eligible for free school meals. To be eligible you must be receiving one of the following benefits:

  • Income support or income-based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit with an annual taxable income of less than £16,190
  • Pension Guarantee Credit
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Parents and Guardians can check their eligibility online via the LGfL Free School Meal Eligibility Checker. A Certificate of Eligibility is available through the website for any child eligible for a free school meal attending the school. This Certificate of Eligibility should be taken to the school, along with any supporting evidence, and the school will register your claim for  Free School Meals. 

*If you are eligible for free school meals and your circumstances change in any way (such as changing address or school, and registering another child) you will need to notify the school.

PSA News

Despite the difficult year, our fantastic PSA team have still managed to raise a significant amount of money during the Autumn term!

In October, we held a Spooky Dress Up Day raising £188.70. The Spooky Spoon creative competition was still able to go ahead, adding another £51.28 to the bank. This also gave our children and some of their parents, the opportunity to have fun and express themselves using art materials!

In December, the Christmas Market tradition continued, in a covid safe environment and our pupils enjoyed choosing a special gift for their families and friends. This raised £708.81 for the PSA fund!

The PSA raised a further £122.97 by selling Christmas crafts such as paint your own bauble, make your own snowman & Christmas cross stitch. Real Christmas trees were sold and our percentage was £95.00.  Our students also created their own Christmas pictures which were printed onto cards, mugs and tea towels raising a further £308.61!

Within the Rayne community the PSA also ran a virtual Christmas market throughout November and December raising £367.50 whilst also supporting many small businesses in the local area as well as joining in with the big PTA Raffle, adding another £229.50 to the pot.

They didn't stop there though, the PSA team also organised their own Christmas online raffle raising a brilliant £949!

Finally, the Rayne PSA Snowman trail ran between 21st-31st December and over 60 local households, as well as every class at school, created their very own snowman which was numbered and formed part of a trail whereby local families could purchase a map contactless and spot as many of the snow people as possible and vote for their favourite, for a chance to win £100.  The winning entry was a minion snowman and they won £50 for their efforts. The trail proved extremely popular, was a real village highlight and raised the spirits of so many during the festive period. Our thanks go out to Emma Curran Design for designing the map, our sponsors Michael's of Braintree and Hare & Tortoise Running and to everyone who took the time to create a snowman. It was so much fun and raised another £780.04!

In total, last term our wonderful PSA raised a massive £3,811.41 which I'm sure you will agree is an amazing amount considering the unprecedented times.

The PSA are currently raising funds for new school playground markings as well as a pond renovation project in the Autumn.

A special mention goes out to Karen Maka and her team including Emma Wood and Lisa Glancey.  We cannot thank the PSA volunteers enough for their hours of planning, marketing, selling, organising and so much more! Rayne Primary and Nursery School are very lucky indeed to have such a supportive PSA.

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Coronavirus updates and the schools arrangements for reopening in September may be found here

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Job Vacancy - Site Manager

We currently have a vacancy for a School Site Manager. Please visit our vacancies section or click below for more information:



Foodbank Reverse Advent

We thank everybody who joined in with the Reverse Advent Calendar throughout December supporting Braintree Food Bank. We were able to donate a large number of much-need food and cleaning items.

Food Bank - Reverse Advent

Forest School - Fire-Lighting Session

Maple Class enjoyed a fire-lighting session recently as part of their English instruction writing topic.

In the New Year, Mrs White will kindly be running a fire-lighting session at Forest School for each class.

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A Rayne School Christmas Tree

A big festive THANK YOU to Mrs Burden and Mr Deaves for sourcing and planting a permanent Christmas tree on our school field. 

Also a huge THANK YOU to David Jacobs, owner of family run company Christmas Tree Field in Finchingfield, for kindly donating the tree. They’re open on weekends for families to choose their very own tree. 

The hope is that the tree will grow with our children and become part of the annual Christmas festivities so that classes can create decorations for it and perhaps even sing some carols round it!

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