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Diocese Of Ely

Petersfield School, as its full name suggests, is 'aided' by the Diocese of Ely. The term 'Voluntary Aided' dates back to the 1944 Education Act and relates to the Church being responsible for maintaining the fabric of the buildings. The relationship between the school and the Diocese is however much more than just about buildings. As a Church school, an emphasis on Christian Values is at the centre of the school's ethos and highlighted in all Church schools' Mission Statements:
'Recognising its historic foundations, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level.'

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On the Governing Body of a Voluntary Aided school, are a group of governors called the Foundation Governors and they form an overall majority. Foundation Governors help to develop the school's Christian character and to uphold the Anglican ethos.

For the pupils and staff at Petersfield, this Christian character forms an intrinsic part of daily school life. Every school day includes a short act of Collective Worship. This is carefully planned in themes by term and can take place in assembly time or in class. The Reverend Felicity Couch, our parish priest, visits us each week to lead an act of worship. The Methodist minister also leads Collective Worship. Visitors from other faiths are of course also welcome. We promote Christian faith as a guiding principle for life, whilst also recognising that mankind is made up of many different races and creeds, all of whom are equal in the sight of God.

The pupils enjoy celebrating the major Christian festivals throughout the year, often in imaginative and creative ways, such as making prayer-wish decorations for the St Andrew's Christmas tree or designing a quilt square for the Diocese's "Church Schools' Quilt".

Cross at St Andrews, Orwell

Some facts about the Ely Diocese that may interest you:

  • The Diocese of Ely covers an area of 1,507 square miles
  • The area incorporates Cambridgeshire, part of West Norfolk and some parishes in South Peterborough
  • In the Diocese of Ely, there are 334 church buildings providing places of worship for their local communities
  • Ely Cathedral dates back to Saxon Times with the life of its founder St Etheldreda
  • Work on the present cathedral began in the 11th century
  • 250,000 visitors come to Ely Cathedral every year
  • There are over 80 Church Schools in the Ely Diocese

For more information you can visit the Ely Diocese website.

Latest News

7th Dec - Christmas in Cambridge was fantastic! Thanks to FOPS and all the volunteers who made the event possible and such a great fundraiser. The slime making was a particular success with the children, including those who are young at heart!

6th Dec - We currently have a Petersfield Christmas tree at the Methodist Chapel as part of the Tree Festival. The theme this year is considering the environment. All our decorations have been made with recycled material.

6th Dec - Our Year 5 and 6 pupils went to St Andrew's church for REActive Church, where they learnt more about the meaning of Christmas and Gabriel bringing the message to Mary.

4th Dec - Today we were delighted to welcome GENR8 into school to deliver a Christmas message. Our pupils said 'I like the way they speak to the whole audience.' and 'They present the information about Jesus in a fun way with stories, songs and puppets.'

2nd Dec - Thank you for your patience today. The boiler pump has been fixed. School is warming up in stages and will open tomorrow.

2nd Dec - URGENT - Apologies, school is currently closed as we have no heating or hot water. We are expecting the technician before the start of the school day and will update here as soon as we know more.

29th Nov - We held our Christingle service in St Andrews Church today and were joined by Mother Goose. It was a delightful service, led by Revd Felicity. Seeing the pupils' faces under the candlelight is always a joy!

28th Nov - Pupils from KS2 joined other schools in a cross country tournament today. We were delighted with our pupils' performance, winning in the year 6 boy and girl and year 3 boy races. Well done!

22nd Nov - As a whole school, we discussed how to keep safe on the roads at near school, at home and near work environments. We shared the survey results for walk to school week. Well done Petersfield!

20th Nov - Our KS1 pupils attended the Multisports Festival with Barrington and Foxton children. They said: 'It was really fun.' 'We worked with other schools in teams.' 'We played lots of new games.'

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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


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