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Coppins Green Primary School
Melbourne Road, CO15 3SP, UK Clacton-On-Sea
+44 (0)1255 422825

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Coppins Green is a rapidly improving and innovative primary school.

With over 800 pupils it is one of the largest primary schools in the country. It has already been recognised in the national educational press for the developmental work undertaken at the school in the teaching of numeracy.

A unique characteristic of the school is its dynamic relationship with external consultants who offer a broad range of support and evaluation to the work of the school. These consultants cross a broad range of expertise including the nationally recognised expert on children's learning as well as inspectors and leadership consultants.

Areas in which the school is at the forefront of educational development are the teaching of reading, spelling, writing, numeracy, self-evaluation and school improvement as well as imaginative and sophisticated approaches to the support and care of children.

Head Teacher - Mr S. Livingstone


At the forefront of educational development in reading, spelling & writing.

An imaginative and sophisticated approach to the support and care of children.

At present the school is led and managed by a team of three senior staff, these are:

Stuart Livingstone, Anna Conley and Sue Mann.

Stuart Livingstone

Stuart Livingstone has been a headteacher since 1989. Coppins Green is his third school where he has been headteacher since April 2004.

Stuart is very experienced in school leadership, management and improvement. At his previous school, Boreham near Chelmsford Essex, his leadership has been described by OFSTED inspectors as "exceptionally clear."

In respect of this a local MP wrote that:

"You have done an amazing job over the last three years while you have been headmaster and I, as I'm sure all the children have attended to school throughout these years, their parents and your staff, are immensely proud of all that you have achieved and done for our community."

Stuart is a special needs specialist and has written and been published regarding the care and support of children in a mainstream schools setting. He is also a consultant working with other school leaders as well as conducting training in this field.

He has created an exciting and potentially far reaching partnership between the heads of school team and a number of highly experienced and knowledgeable private educational consultants. 

Anna Conley

A regional award winner for the General Teaching Council of England and Wales as a teacher of the year, Anna is a highly experienced early years teacher. Her curriculum expertise is English.

At present Anna is working with Dr. Solity a nationally renown expert on teaching and learning whose most advanced developmental work is centred at Coppins Green. Anna is also leading and developing an early years project that brings together state school with private or not for profit early years providers.

Sue Mann

Sue is a very experienced teacher who has worked both in primary and secondary schools. She too is deeply involved in the development work of Dr. Solity and is a maths specialist.

Sue is also making a massive contribution in the continuing development of a highly sophisticated and innovative pastoral care programme centred at the school.



At Coppins Green we encourage the use of daily physical activity to improve fitness, co-ordination, and concentration. It has also been proved to help develop positive relationships with others and raise standards of behaviour. To ensure the children are always ready for daily physical activity, children are encouraged to come to school each day wearing the appropriate clothing and footwear.

The School uniform for all children from Nursery to Year 6 is:

Children may choose a green school tracksuit trousers or traditional trousers/skirts. The children can wear a choice of white/yellow/grey/black polo shirt. Children must wear the school sweatshirt or the school tracksuit jacket. All children may wear trainers.


School sweatshirts and tracksuits can be purchased from the School office. We ask that all items are named.  The tracksuit jacket ranges from £11.50-£13.50 and the trousers are either £8.50 or £9.50 depending on size. 


Down load a copy of our School Uniform Price List

(Correct as of February 2006)



The beginning of the school day is a very busy time and although you may have important information to give to the class teacher or LSA, this needs to be kept short to allow for the registers to start and the class to settle to their work. If you need to meet with the class teacher, please make an appointment with them at a mutually agreed time. Alternatively your child’s Head of School is always available to discuss any issues and an appointment can be made via the school office.

During each term the class teachers have formal parents’ interviews over three evenings. We encourage all parents to attend these meetings as progress in the core subject areas will be discussed in detail as well as a summary of behaviour and attitudes towards work and school life.

Term & Holiday Dates for the Academic Year 2007/08


Pupils will be admitted to Nursery classes at the beginning of the academic year (September) in which their fourth birthday falls. This is without reference to their ability and aptitude. The intended number of admissions is 104.

Pupils will be admitted to Reception classes at the beginning of the academic year (September) in which their fifth birthday falls. This is without reference to their ability and aptitude. The intended number of admissions for this academic year is 120.

Where applications for admission exceed the number of places available, the following criteria will be applied, in the order set out below, to decide which children to admit.

  1. You must now apply to Essex County Council AS WELL AS the school.

  2. Children who live within the boundaries of the existing catchment area. A map of this area is available from the school office.

  3. Children who have a brother or sister currently attending the school.

  4. A child who has medical grounds for admittance (supported by a doctor’s certificate.)

  5. Proximity of the child’s home to school, measured by a straight line.

  6. In each individual oversubscription criterion, priority will be given to looked after children.

Additional Notes:

  • Admission to the Nursery does not mean automatic entry to the Reception classes.

  • Where parents feel that they do not wish their child to start school before statutory school age, it will be acceptable for them to start at the beginning of the term in which their fifth birthday falls.

  • In each individual oversubscription criterion, priority will be given to a looked after child.

  • The school will agree any changes to its admissions’ arrangements with the Secretary of State for Education. It will establish procedures for appeals against non-admission which will include an independent element. Details of admissions and appeals’ arrangements will be published each year.

If you wish to visit the school with a view to enrolling your child, please make an appointment to see a member of the Heads of School Team by contacting the school office. We will be please to show you around the school and answer any questions you may have. Enrolment forms can be obtained from the School Office.

The school gates are opened at 8.35am and the children are welcomed straight into classrooms. The register begins at 8.45am and closes at 8.55am.

The Reception and Key Stage 1 children’s school day ends at 3.00pm
The Key Stage 2 children’s school day ends at 3.05pm

The hours spent on teaching during the normal school week are:

Key Stage 1
Key Stage 2

24 Hours 35 Minutes

25 Hours

26 Hours 15 Minutes


We encourage all of our children to respect the right for others to learn and to take responsibility for their own actions and behaviour. The school has 6 ‘Rules of Guidance’ and 3 ‘Never Break Rules’ which we have displayed in and around the school and regularly discussed.

4 Never Break Rules

  1. We NEVER cause another person actual bodily harm.

  2. We NEVER throw, push or kick anything in the school building.

  3. We NEVER use racist/hate language.

  4. We NEVER activate the fire alarm unless there is a fire.

6 Rules of Guidance

  • We put up our hands to tell, talk or ask.

  • We talk quietly and try to finish our work during lessons.

  • We look, listen and keep still when someone is talking.

  • We always walk around the school and classroom.

  • We take turns to talk and share.

  • We keep our property safe by putting it in our tray, bags or on our pegs.

If a Never Break Rule is broken the child’s parents are contacted and the child will be excluded at home for the remaining part of the school day or the next day. There will then be a period of re-integration beginning with a meeting with the Head of School and the parents and a negotiated time of monitoring and feedback.

We encourage all children drink plenty of water during the day and therefore children can bring a sports style water bottle in each day to have in their classrooms at the discretion of the teacher. The children in Year 1 and 2 have the opportunity to have fruit/vegetable provided by the ‘Essex Fresh Fruit for School Scheme.’ Older children are able to bring a piece of fruit from home to eat during morning break.

Right: Children help themselves to free fruit.


At Coppins Green, all pupils are taught a balanced and comprehensive curriculum.  We believe in teaching the most relevant literacy and numeracy skills directly, in short bursts, leaving more time to build these skills during engaging and enjoyable cross-curricular activities throughout the day. 

We recognise the importance of physical activity on health and education and strive to ensure all pupils participate in short activities daily in addition to regular Physical Education lessons. 

All pupils are taught: Literacy, Numeracy, Science, ICT (computers), Religious Education, History, Geography, PSHCE (health, citizenship, and social skills), music, art, physical education and educational drama.

The following tables contain examples of the units of study for each year group at Coppins Green, this represents a sample of the work children do, please remember that lessons change regularly.

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