About our school

Graham James Primary School was formed in April 1991 following the amalgamation of Graham James Infant School  (opened in 1966) and Graham James Junior School (opened in 1968).

The single storey building comprises of 7 classrooms, computer suite, dining room, hall, kitchen and administrative wing.  The school is set in pleasant grounds, with a large playground with lots of equipment and markings, extensive playing field and a developing wild life area.  An internal courtyard, complete with pond and shrubbery is used for science and nature work, together with a ‘wildlife area’ and new garden.



School Hours

School session times are:              8.55a.m. - 12.15 p.m.

                                                  1.15p.m. -   3.15 p.m.


Please ensure that your child is at school on time - but better late than not at all.  If the weather is inclement, the children will be allowed into their classrooms at 8.45 a.m.  Please try to ensure that your child does not arrive at school before 8.45am unless they are attending an early morning club or it is their class’s swimming morning.  Children should be ‘dropped off’ by their parents at the high green gates by the corner of Class R.

At the end of the school day, children in infant classes can be collected from the classroom's outside door.

Lunch Time

Lunchtime is from 12.15pm until 1.15pm.

Children may remain at school or go home for lunch although very few – if any – go home.

If the children remain at school, they can either have a school meal, currently at a cost of £1.70/day, or they may bring sandwiches.

It saves a considerable amount of administrative time if dinner money is sent to school on Monday for the number of meals needed for the week.  If your child is absent on a day/days for which a meal has been paid, then the money is carried over to the next week.  You may pay by cheque if you wish (cheques made payable to Thurrock Borough Council).

The children are supervised at lunchtime by a Senior Mid-day Supervisor and a team of Mid-day Assistants.

Term Dates

(all dates inclusive)


Autumn Term 2012                               3rd September 2012 – 21st December 2012

                                                            (less half term 29th – 2nd November 2012)


Spring Term 2013                                 7th January 2013 – 28th March 2013  

                                                            (less half term 18th – 22nd February 2013)


Summer Term 2013                              15th April 2013 – 23rd July 2013

                                                            (less half term 27th – 31st May 2013)   

Each academic year also contains 5 non-pupil days which, with the approval of the Governing Body, are allocated throughout the year for staff training purposes.  These are notified to parents well in advance and, where possible, are attached to holiday periods or weekends.


We would strongly discourage parents to take their children away on holiday during school term time. There may, however, be circumstances where this does become unavoidable. Where parents intend to take their children on holiday during term time or to remove them from school for any other reason, they must obtain a form from the school office and return it to school. Term time holidays are not normally authorised, only in exceptional circumstances. Each application will be assessed on its own merits by the Governing Body. Judgements are based on Local Authority guidelines and our local Cluster of Schools Agreement.

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