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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,



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 Logo Competition

The PSA are inviting any budding artists amongst you to help design a new logo for our PSA.

The PSA are currently applying for charity status and to go along side this we would like to have our own exciting new logo. The logo can be as creative and colourful as you like, the only requirement is that it can be identified as Rayne PSA (Rayne Parent Staff Association/RPSA).

The winning design will receive a prize. All entries need to be emailed back to the PSA email address raynepsa@hotmail.com by Tuesday 23rd February. Please make sure you have your child’s name, class and the word logo included in the email header. The entries will be judged by our committee and the winner will be announced after half term. GOOD LUCK!

 Nb* No information will be held by the PSA, once a winning logo has been chosen all emails and information contained within them will be deleted.

PSA Cook Book

The PSA are excited to announce a Cook Book collaboration for all your children's favourite recipes.

If you would like to join in with the fun, please email raynepsa@hotmail.com with your children's favourites bakes and recipes including illustrations and photographs by Tuesday 23rd February or post the original into the main school office.

It might be an old family recipe, something new that you discovered in lockdown or a recipe that you have adapted.

Feel free to include any photographs of your child making the recipe along with their name and by submitting a photograph you are consenting to its use within the cook book.

Once we have collected all of the recipes, these will be produced into our very own cook book which will be available to purchase.

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.


  • Coronavirus Updates:

Under the latest government guidance from Tuesday the 5th of January 2021 onsite provision will be provided for children of critical workers and those classed as vulnerable. Remote learning will be in place for all other pupils.

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

  • Remote Learning: Information on remote learning may be found here
Embedded Calendar


As part of Mental Health & Wellbeing Week last week, our Headteacher Mrs Keeling greeted the keyworker children with a huge smile on Friday. This was also sent to our children who are learning so fantastically at home!

It is so important to stay connected where possible right now!


As part of #StayConnected week pupils at home and in school were asked to paint a rock or stone to form the Positive Python on Rayne village green. The colourful community art project has grown and grown!

Positive Python 2

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.

Maple - Forest School 4Maple - Forest School 3
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