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Welcome to Petersfield Church of England Aided Primary School


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.


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

19th Jul - We were so proud of our Year 6 as they demonstrated their skills and talents at their Leavers Assembly. They recounted their wonderful memories of life at Petersfield from YR to Y6. We wish them all much success and happiness in the next, exciting part of their school career.

17th Jul - Our pupils enjoyed the last disco of the year, organised by FOPS. They displayed their dance skills and had fun together whilst fundraising!

17th Jul - Our Leavers' church service was a wonderful chance to reflect on our fantastic year 6. They were presented with Bibles.

16th Jul - We were delighted to welcome so many parents to our Open afternoon and Celebration of Learning. It was wonderful to see certificates for so many swimming and sporting successes.

16th Jul - Thanks to Mrs Tuck for leading REActive Church for Rowan Class today.

12th Jul - we held our last Head Teacher Awards and Hollands Cup for this year. Well done to all who gained certificates. Mr Hollands presented the cup to a child for her musicality and love of music.

11th Jul - Our Sports Day was described by some 'as the best ever!' and was incredibly well attended. Thank you to Mrs Peachey, Mr Seagrave and Mr Herd and the staff for organising a well-run morning. Yellow Team won the cup this year!

11th Jul - We were delighted to hold our FOPS AGM in the beautiful sensory garden before Sports Day. Reports were read from the Chair, Head and Treasurer about the amazing work done this year to raise much needed funds. FOPS still need a secretary and more committee members. Can you help?

10th Jul - Year 6 attended REActive church for the very last time as a year group today.

9th Jul - Bikeability: the pupils are learning road skills today.

9th Jul - Well done to our excellent year 6 learning leaders who led the carousel of activities for the whole school this morning. This included inside and outside learning in our mixed age buddy groups.

8th Jul - Thanks to the dedicated volunteers and Puffins children for their 'Groundwork' session after school to tidy, weed and fix the greenhouse!

8th Jul - Mrs Peachey and Mrs Squires have continued to visit our new reception 2019 pupils as part of our home visit transition programme. Thank you for being so welcoming!

8th Jul - As part of Bikeability Level 1 today, our upper KS2 have demonstrated their cycling skills on the playground.

5th Jul - Secondary school is the place to be today, with pupils at BVC and CVC as part of our transition programme.

4th July - An 'excellent' day of tennis at Wimbledon thanks to the staff team who organised a long but inspiring visit.

4th Jul - Year 6, who are heading to CVC in September, participated in their first transition day today in preparation. Tomorrow they join CVC for sport.

4th Jul - Year 5 visited BVC for a 'Taster day'. They are looking forward to the second day tomorrow!

3rd Jul - GenR8 Collective Worship is always great fun! Today, they talked to us about great stories and The Bible.

2nd and 3rd Jul - The 'Pirates of the Curry Bean' performance had 3 different audiences laughing, amazed and impressed by the oracy, dancing, singing and technical support demonstrated so ably by KS2. Wow! What pupil and staff teamwork!

30th Jun - Run Orwell was a huge success today. With thanks to the runners, community, volunteers, staff and of course FOPS (led brilliantly by Wendy and Adam) who made the event such fun. Pupils in Rock Steady performing throughout was the icing on the cake!

28th Jun - We were so proud of all the pupils who took part in the Rock Steady Concert this afternoon, they were absolutely amazing showcasing their musical talents. Thank you to the audience for their participation, it was a truly memorable experience enjoyed by all!

27th Jun - Well done to Ash Class, who raised an amazing £86.20 from their cake sale. Thank you to all the bakers, the cakes were enjoyed by all!

26th Jun - Smile! Class Photograph day today.

25th Jun - The cricket World Cup shaped our PE lessons today.

24th Jun - Wicken Fen provided a fantastic environment for the art and science learning for Ash and Elm class today.

21st Jun - Rowan Class enjoyed Peer Mediation training with Mrs Gwynn today. They role played scenarios to experience how they will be able to support other pupils next year. They explained why they want this role: 'I want to be a Peer Mediator as I want to make people happy'.

20th Jun - It was lovely to welcome our 'New Reception 2019' parents to school tonight to begin (or for some continue) the exciting and essential journey of parent - school partnership which is so important throughout the children's time at Petersfield.

20th Jun - Ash class demonstrated their skills and knowledge at Forest Schools today. Thank you to all the helpers who continue to make this possible.

20th Jun - Aspirations for scientific careers were further discussed today as year 6 completed their science investigations with a very interesting and informative visit to Johnson Matthey.

19th Jun - Ash class were delighted to welcome Mother Goose preschoolers for their second session in preparation for 'Big School' in September.

18th Jun - School is open, on Tuesday, after Monday's INSET day.

17th Jun - INSET day. School is closed to pupils, parents and visitors today as staff attend the training day. This is one of 5 required days set throughout the academic year. Please see the 'Term Dates' section of this website for next year's training dates.

14th Jun - We were delighted by the huge turnout of male carers who attended our Father's Day lunch and afternoon activities. It was wonderful seeing the children enjoying the company. The 'bee-related' activities mean the honey bees now have many homes!

14th Jun - Our 'Walk to School' week finished with the sun shining! Thank you to the volunteers who walked with us throughout the week. They enabled so many children and staff to have more exercise before the start of the school day.

12th Jun - Our year 4 pupils attended the first session of our new coding club, thanks to Mr Anderson and our parent volunteer. We look forward to seeing the outcome from all their new skills.

11th Jun - We were delighted to be joined by Bishop Stephen, Beverley from Age UK and many members of the community to celebrate the work of our Lent Challenge. Bishop Stephen led collective worship, was given a tour of our school by the pupils than had a cup of tea with the Petersfield Community.

11th Jun - Mrs Penrose was joined by a County representative for a bus ride along today. The positive comments about the bus escort and children were a delight to hear.

10th Jun - Well done to all those who joined us to walk to school, despite the weather, as we started Walk to School Week.

9th Jun - Thanks to parents, governors, pupils, staff and the community, our Sensory Garden looked amazing following the final touches and the addition of our pupils' sculptures. Ice-creams added to the enjoyment and we were delighted to welcome so many people in as part of Orwell Open Gardenss.

7th Jun - It was, once again, a delight to see the incredible variety of learning that had taken place over the half term. Rainforests, quizzes, home-made clocks, dazzling artwork and so much more!! Thank you to the parents who came to see and hear about the learning.

6th Jun - Some pupils in KS2 took part in an inter-school 'Quad Kids'. They enjoyed this event and worked well together.

6th Jun - Well done to the pupils who took part in the Maths Challenge in Cambridge. They demonstrated their amazing fluency and reasoning skills.

6th Jun - We were absolutely delighted to welcome all of KS2 from Barrington and Foxton to our BFP Healthy Minds and Healthy Bodies Oracy day. What a showcase of oracy skills with new friends!

3rd Jun - Welcome back to the first day of the busy, exciting and final half term of the 18-19 academic year.

24th May - School is now closed. We wish all our children and their families a lovely half term break. Enjoy the sunshine and we look forward to welcoming you back into school on Monday 3rd June.

23rd May - Today, our Year 6 pupils had the wonderful opportunity to do practical scientific experiments with Claire from the Children Challenging Industry (CCI) programme (primary schools and science-based manufacturing companies working together) as part of the science curriculum.

22nd May - Wow year 2! You should be very proud of your attitude and achievement over the last two weeks as you have taken SATs in your stride showing all you have learnt. We are very proud of you!

21st May - Excellent fun in the river was had by all Rowan and Yes class at Stibbington!

17th May - We celebrated the pupils' varied achievements in assembly. All of year 6 achieved an award due to their hard work and positive attitude this week. Mr Hollands presented his cup to a child who demonstrated a great willingness to learn the piano and play in a band in the Rock Steady group.

16th May - Well done Year 6. SATs are done! You are a credit to yourself and Peterfield 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 a 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 an opportunity for a Playworker.

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