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Petersfield Church of England Aided School is a Primary school of approximately 135 pupils from Reception to Year 6. Our Pupil Admission number (PAN) is 30 per year group making a total capacity of 210 pupils. Our cohorts vary in size each year so some year groups are approaching our maximum Pupil Admission Number whilst others are not.

All admission decisions, including children from outside the catchment area and in year admissions, are made following consultation with the Schools Admissions Department at Shire Hall, Cambridge. Our youngest pupils are admitted to Petersfield at the start of the academic year in which they turn 5 years old. Further advice can be found in the Cambridgeshire Admissions document.

Admission forms can be obtained from the school office, by calling the admissions office on 01223 699200/699662 or online at:

The admissions deadline is usually the 15th January annually. County will publish updated admissions information for September 2020 in the Autumn term 2019.

Cambridgeshire County Council manages the school admissions process for children who live within, or are moving into Cambridgeshire for all maintained schools, including academies.

For more information, please read our admissions policy:

First Steps Admission to Primary School

The document 'First Steps Admission to Primary School' will give you information about:

  • How to decide which school/s you would like to apply for
  • How to make your application for a primary school place
  • How places are offered if there are more applications than places available
  • What will happen if it is not possible to offer your child a place at school

The document 'Starting Primary School' explains how to apply for a primary school place if your child lives in Cambridgeshire.

Admission to Reception

We stagger the entry of our Reception pupils in Reception over several weeks as we believe it is beneficial to the children's emotional and academic progress. As we understand that all our pupils have differing needs and take differing amounts of time to settle, we work hard to ensure the provision is appropriate for all pupils by:

  • holding an open afternoon to enable prospective parents to visit the school in the Autumn term
  • host 'Stay and Play' after school sessions in the Autumn term for prospective parents and pupils
  • welcoming prospective parents and pupils into our school for a visits
  • building on our strong links with our neighboring preschools
  • writing to new parents following their acceptance of the offered place with details of our transition arrangements
  • welcoming new parents into school in June for an informative Open Evening where parents visit the classroom and meet the Headteachers and other key staff members
  • arranging visits for new reception pupils in the Summer term
  • inviting new pupils and parents to events such as the production, summer fayre and sports day
  • writing to new pupils over the summer holidays
  • visiting reception children in their own homes during the Summer term.
Admission at Other Times

We regularly welcome pupils into our school in other year groups and at other times of the year. We encourage a visit to the school at an early stage and the admissions form must be completed and returned to Cambridgeshires’s Admissions Department. Staff and pupils and parents work together to ensure all new pupils and parents settle quickly by:

  • welcoming pupils and families into school
  • working closely with new pupils and their families to ensure their needs are met
  • buddying new pupils with experienced pupils
  • providing TA support to ensure that transition.
Is your child due to start school in September 2020?

If so we would like to invite you on a tour to see what our fantastic school has to offer! The tour will be taking place on Wednesday 4th December, at 9:15am, or contact the school office to make an alternative date.

Latest News

18th Nov - This week is our 'Walk to School Week'. Do please join us each day at the Chequers to form a pupil, parent and staff 'walking bus' from 8.45am. Thank you.

15th Nov - Staff and governors, met with Angela Lawn from the YMCA to discuss the findings from our staff and pupil wellbeing surveys. We will now work on the actions from the surveys as we continue to improve wellbeing in our school and ensure we all understand why this is so important.

15th Nov - Today we wore odd socks for 'Children in Need' and raised £77.02. In assembly we discussed what charity means and the history of 'Children in Need'.

14th Nov - Our Year 5 and 6 pupils had 'Playleader' training today from County. This training is invaluable as it provides our older pupils with the skills to engage and lead a variety of games with all the children in our school.

14th Nov - Thanks to Croudace for allowing a visit, Ash and Elm class learnt about house building as part of their topic work.

13th Nov - Thanks to FOPS funding, Divergent Drama led workshops on Anti-bullying today.

11th Nov - Congratulations to our netball team who finished 2nd in their first competition!

11th Nov - 'We will remember them'. Year 6 joined the local community to mark the 2 minutes silence today whilst the rest of the school observed the silence in school after 'planting' their poppy sculptures.

10th Nov - Staff and pupils attended the Remembrance Service at the Methodist Church today.

8th - At Headteacher Award Assembly today, we were inspired by the attitude to learning of our pupils. Many of the children received an award for their determination and resilience, displaying the attitude of a growth mindset. Well done!

7th Nov - Mrs Sirett was impressed with the children who attended the Outdoor Orienteering Activity Event. For many it was their first experience of competitions yet they really displayed the spirit of the games!

1st Nov - Wow! Another amazing fireworks display tonight! Our thanks to Steve and his team and all of the FOPS volunteers and staff. We dedicated tonight's fireworks to the memory of Susan Walford.

1st Nov - Using their oracy skills, the children explained to parents, grandparents and peers, the home learning they had undertaken over the half term.

31st Oct - Pupils in Y5 and Y6 enjoyed a dramatic theatre group presentation about keeping our air clean and how we need to look after our environment. 'It was fun, with an important message too'.

29th Oct - We now have three choices on our new lunch menu each day. Happy choosing!

Tuesday 29th Oct - Welcome back to Autumn half term 2! It was great to share the children's excitement as they recounted their half term and to see the busy learning today.

28th Oct - First Aid training for all staff today.

Latest Publications

Notices

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'.


Is your child due to start school in September 2020? If so, click here to find out more about how to visits and learn about how to apply to join our fantastic school.


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' - written by our Book Club volunteer Ute - is 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 on the last Sunday in June 2020! 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 www.stikins.co.uk. Quote code 15787


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.

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