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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,


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

Year 6 Residential Update

Day 3 of the residential has provided more great opportunities for adventure and creating memories!

Wow! The Year 6 children have had an action packed day 2. Here are a few pictures to give you an insight into what types of activities they have experienced!

Day 2 of the Residential and the Year 6 students look like they've been having lots of fun out in the fresh air and on the beach!

Our enthusiastic Year 6s have arrived at their residential location and have already tucked into a delicious dinner which will hopefully give them lots of energy for the exciting activities ahead this week!

Rayne PSA Logo Design Winner

This week Mrs Keeling presented Samuel F his prize for winning the Design a Rayne PSA logo competition. There were lots of brilliant entries from across the school but his design really stood out because of the sense of community, set within a bright star, that is conveyed in his drawing.

It is now the official logo for Rayne Parent School Association and has also been made into stickers! Well done Samuel!

KS2 Planetarium Visit

All KS2 children from Elm, Beech, Pine, Hazel & Chestnut enjoyed a visit from a pop-up planetarium Auriga Star Dome recently, as part of their Space topic this term. They were so excited to experience an onsite visit, after not having the opportunity for many trips and experiences in the last year.

Each class visited the planetarium separately and sat inside looking up, to learn from the narrator about the wonders of space and the solar system. They had a wonderful time and were full of facts about everything from the moon to the smallest planet, what the environment is like on each planet and much more.

We thank all of the parents for contributing to the cost of the experience and to the KS2 staff team for making it possible.

KS1 Village Walk

Maple and Willow classes enjoyed a village walk recently as part of their topic "What can I find in Rayne?". The children enjoyed a long walk in the warm sunshine, exploring our pretty Essex village. They were tasked with spotting the local landmarks with their clipboards, including the Booking Hall Cafe, the Flitch Way, Rayne Post Office, Rayne Church, the village hall, local woods and much more.

The children had fun spotting local wildlife and Maple class even got to see a real-life tractor in motion!

Our thanks to the staff who volunteered to accompany the children and to the KS1 team for arranging the experience.

Some photos of the visit are featured below:

World Book Day - Adventurous Vocabulary

On Friday 26th March pupils at Rayne Primary and Nursery School enjoyed a day of celebrating books, by dressing up and taking part in various activities surrounding the "Adventurous Vocabulary" theme. Children and staff alike were encouraged to express themselves by representing an interesting word (not a noun) with home-made costumes and props.

We were so impressed with the imaginative ideas conveyed including unconventional, inconspicuous, fluorescent, exhausted, sterile, catastrophe and mythical to name but a few.

All of our children were also tasked with creating a scene/diorama from one of their favourite books. The standard of work and effort that went into the scenes was outstanding and each class bubble was able to visit the diorama exhibition, in the hall, in the afternoon that day.

Here are just a few pictures from the fantastic day!

This year the PSA decided to run an Easter Treasure Hunt throughout the Easter holidays, to create a fun activity for local families. Clue sheets were purchased for £1.50 and children were asked to find coloured stones, placed in various location across the pretty village of Rayne, to seek out a chocolate reward. It proved extremely popular and raised a brilliant £709.86!

New Playground Markings!

With huge thanks to the fundraising efforts of our wonderful PSA, we were able to add new colourful, fun playground markings to our outside space during the Easter holidays!

At the end of last term pupils across the school voted on their favourite type of markings and were surprised when they returned to school to see a new friendship rainbow, interactive assault course, a dragon number game, snakes and ladders and a bright hopscotch emblazoned on the concrete. The sports markings were also refreshed and added to on the upper playground area.

They have already been enjoyed immensely by pupils across the school and certainly brighten break and lunch times for our children. They encourage exercise, social interaction and fun experiences.

As always we thank our hard working PSA and all of our generous supporters!

Latest School Update:


  • Coronavirus Updates: (updated 7.03.2021)

Under the latest government guidance from Monday 8th March 2021 school will reopen to all children>

Coronavirus updates and the schools arrangements for opening may be found here

  • Remote Learning: Information on remote learning may be found here
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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 2021 Easter Egg Competition

Thank you to everyone who entered the PSA 2021 Easter Egg competition.

We had a wonderful variety of entries and as always the creativity of the entrants was wonderful to see. The styrofoam eggs were turned into a whole host of objects and creatures including a hot air balloon, a drone, rabbits and an owl, to name but a few.

We congratulate the winners in each category:

Foundation - Isla AM, Oak (Captain Tom)

KS1 - Luci B, Willow (Fairy Garden)

Lower KS2 - Abby H, Beech (Eggwig)

Upper KS2 - Jack W, Hazel (Our Planet Egg-plorer)

Adult - Mr Grant (Egg Sheeran)

Easter Egg 2021 - winners

Science Day

Science Day last week, saw our pupils attend school in all sorts of wonderful costumes including lab coats, protective glasses, lanyards and astronaut costumes.

The children had an action packed day learning about various areas of science, famous scientists and participating in all sorts of experiments including those with eggs and teeth to name but a few.

Here's some pictures of Oak Class from the day:

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Forest School - Fire-Lighting Session

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

Maple - Forest School 3

Easter Treasure Hunt

This year the PSA decided to run an Easter Treasure Hunt throughout the Easter holidays, to create a fun activity for local families. Clue sheets were purchased for £1.50 and children were asked to find coloured stones, placed in various location across the pretty village of Rayne, to seek out a chocolate reward. It proved extremely popular and raised a brilliant £709.86!

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