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Welcome to Petersfield Church of England Aided Primary School

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Welcome to our school website. This is designed to give you an insight into the exciting place that is Petersfield Church of England (Aided) Primary School. We very much look forward to welcoming you into school soon to find out even more.

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Petersfield Church of England (Aided) Primary School is a small, rural school serving families from within the parish boundaries of Orwell, Arrington, Croydon, Tadlow, Whaddon and Wimpole and from many other locations outside of our school catchment. We are committed to providing a high quality education within a Christian context and we work hard to create a caring environment, both inside the classroom and out. By focusing on excellence, enjoyment, perseverance and building relationships we support and inspire our pupils throughout this stage of their lifelong learning journey.

Our 2017 Ofsted report recognises many of the school’s great strengths, particularly in relation to the good start the children make in the Early Years Foundation Stage, keeping the children safe, the caring ethos, behaviour, relationships and the strong leadership and management of the school. The report identifies that Petersfield is a ‘well-organised and improving school in which pupils are well cared for and develop confidence in their learning’. We are very proud that the children at our school are so caring, well behaved and respectful.

Our February 2016 SIAMS report highlighted that "the distinctiveness and effectiveness of Petersfield Primary as a Church of England school are good because:

  • School leaders have clarity of vision, drive and ambition for the school, founded on the Christian ethos.
  • Pupils demonstrate significant strengths in their social, moral, spiritual and cultural development.
  • Imaginative and challenging RE teaching ensures pupils of all abilities are engaged and high standards attained."

It went on to identify that:

  • "Relationships are exemplary, modelled by adults and particularly strong between older and younger pupils through the 'buddy' system.
  • Staff have high expectations of pupils which is reflected in the progress they are making in their workbooks.
  • The school's values are clearly stated and recognised by all stakeholders.
  • Excellent links have been established with the community, including with the Parish Church.
  • There are significant strengths in teaching and learning in RE at Petersfield. Teachers use imaginative approaches to engage pupils of all levels of ability.
  • A high level of challenge is evident in the 'big questions' explored across the age range.
  • Leaders, including the incumbent and the chair of governors, have the vision, ambition and drive required to secure future success.
  • SMSC is strong and the emphasis placed on this by school leaders is recognised and much appreciated by parents. The articulate, thoughtful and open-minded engagement of pupils in discussions with each other and with adults is testimony to the effectiveness of the leadership of Petersfield CEVA Primary School."

We very much look forward to welcoming you to Petersfield where, as partners in learning together, we strive to provide the very best for each individual.

Karen Gwynn and Laura Penrose, Co-Headteachers.

Latest News

16th Nov - For the first time, the BFP partnership schools (Barrington, Foxton and Petersfield) brought all the classes together for an AMAZING morning of Oracy. Behaviour was outstanding and our children enjoyed meeting new friends and working with others they already know from outside school.

16th Nov - In response to the Oracy Day, pupils said: 'It's amazing how detailed the stories were', 'They were all different, some we listened to, others we watched' and 'It was incredible some little kids mde up stories I would never have dreamt of'.

15th Nov - In the Anti-Bullying celebration of learning, we thought about respect. Ash class talked about being a good friend, Elm class retold the Willy the Wimp story. Pine class were inspired by Mark Rothko and painted their emotions. Rowan and Yew classes responded to poetry about bullying.

13th Nov - We continue to hold a 'Meet the SENDCo' drop in session for parents regularly. The session, like this morning, is for any parents who would like to ask any questions about supporting any additional needs in school.

11th Nov - We are honored to continue our longstanding relationship with the Royal British Legion and today attended the Remembrance Service in Croydon and the Orwell centenary roll call. We will remember them.

9th Nov - We were joined by Mr Bob Bryant today to talk about Remembrance. He unveiled a wall hanging made by the children and designed by Mrs Bonfield to mark the centenary.

8th Nov - We have our own WW1 soldier in the hall, thanks to Mr Bush, who has put a wonderful display of WW1 memorabilia.

6th Nov - Well done to the 8 pupils who represented us at the orienteering competition and said 'This is so much fun!', 'Can we come again?'. They behaved wonderfully and worked well together as a team to increase their effectiveness following different styles of maps to complete the challenges.

4th Nov - We were delighted to contribute to and attend the Remembrance Concert and Display. Our pupils have hand sewn and printed our remembrance wall hanging which was on display.

2nd Nov - 'Stunning!' and 'What an amazing always' were just 2 of the many, many comments following the outstanding fireworks display this evening. Thank you to Mr Gwynn and his team, to FOPS and for the amazing community support which made Fireworks at Petersfield so special.

2nd Nov - Celebration of Learning - The fabulous range of homework projects shared with parents, pupils and staff was further enhanced by our pupils showcasing the oracy skills we have been learning.

Tuesday 30th Oct - Welcome back as school re-opens to pupils, parents and visitors for an exciting and busy second autumn half term of learning.

29th Oct - Thanks to Voice 21 and our BFP partnership for a great INSET day training to further develop out Oracy work in school.

Latest Publications


SCHOOL CLOSURE PROCEDURE: As per County guidance, Petersfield will only close in exceptional circumstances. The decision will be made as soon as possible and displayed first on our school website in the 'Latest News'.

As we explained in our recent newsletter, we have updates our policies and privacy notice about how we process data in line with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations). Click here for the updated policies.

Are you interested in being a Governor? Do you have HR or Finance skills? If so, please do visit our Governors' webpage to find out more about the strategic role of our Governors.

Funding for Petersfield - As you may have read in the media, school funding is under threat. Please click here to see the information about how you can continue to help.

We apologise for the intermittent, continuing fault on the phone line which we have again reported to the telephone company. Should you need to reach us, please press '6' immediately the phone is answered. Alternatively email the office.

The newspaper article about 'Max and Milky make it to Mars' - write by our Book Club volunteer Ute - can be accessed here. She has kindly donated a copy of her book to our school library.

Please see our vacancies page for opportunities for a Playworker and Caretaker.

Run Orwell - back in 2019. Save the date. 30th June 2019. Offering chipped timed 10K and 5K routes, and a 2K fun run, there will be something for everyone.

Save yourself time naming uniform and raise money for school. Visit Quote code 15787