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Fairer Funding Consultation

Thank you for the fantastic support we received from parents, grandparents, relatives and friends when you responded to the Funding Consultation. As you may have seen in the media, it remains a high profile topic.

Following our response to the Funding Consultation, we have received a letter from the Department for Education which they have asked that we pass onto you. You can read the letter here.

As Headteachers, our response to this letter was to join over 500 Headteachers, including a significant number of Cambridgeshire Headteachers, who in one day signed this open letter to the Prime Minister.

Dear Prime Minister,

On the steps of Downing Street you promised a country that works for everyone. That begins with our children.

Yet schools are facing real terms cuts of £3 billion. This will have a massive impact on young people and standards of education.

To make ends meet school leaders will be forced to make staff redundant, cut subjects, increase class sizes and cut back on extracurricular activity.

More and more schools are reluctantly asking for donations as a last resort to bring their budgets back from breaking point. Parents should not have to dip into their own pockets to make up for the investment government are unwilling to provide.

The future of our country depends upon the next generation. Their skills, their knowledge, their confidence and their creativity.

Let's stop seeing education as a cost and instead see it as an investment in the future. A good place to begin would be to reverse the £3 billion in cuts.

Yours,
Russell Hobby

The story was reported in the Daily Mirror.

You may also have seen the BBC article over the Easter break which outlined the survey results that almost 1 in 5 parents are being asked to make regular payments to their child’s school due to budget cuts.

As a Governing Body, we firmly believe that all children are entitled to a funded education and are doing everything we can to highlight our plight brought about by the unfair underfunding of Cambridgeshire over several decades. This underfunding has seen the County being the very lowest funded county per pupil for many years.

We do, however, very much wish to thank and acknowledge those of you how have helped us in so many ways to make the money and resources we have stretch just that little bit further for the benefit of our pupils. In response to the volunteering, personal donations and donations from local companies, we have set up the following:

1) On ParentPay, there is now an opportunity to donate any amount to the school. We are not asking for regular payments from parents as many schools are doing, but we do recognise that some people would like to make a donation either for a specific thing, event or pupil led fundraising activity. Therefore, if you wish to make a donation, please log onto ParentPay and select ’Voluntary Donation’ to do so. There is an option to add a message as a note if you wish to do so.

2) Following a helpful suggestion, we have produced a 'wish list' of frequently used items that we regularly buy. If you need to 'top up' your basket for example in Amazon to avoid delivery charges, the following is a list of items we use on a daily basis. We will keep this list updated on our school website.

  • a. HB pencils
  • b. Colouring crayons
  • c. Pritt sticks
  • d. Whiteboard markers (children safe, washable!)
  • e. Coloured whiteboard markers (non toxic) for teachers
  • f. Reams of white or buff A4 or A3 paper
  • g. Coloured A4 paper or card for art and craft
  • h. Coloured card
  • i. Chunky chalk
  • j. Handwriting pens
  • k. Fine lined coloured pens
  • l. Tissues
  • m. Hand soap
  • n. Double sided counters - click here to buy from Amazon

3) We have drawn up a list of jobs that need doing in school to improve the school environment. We are delighted that Mrs Jones, one of our parents, is co-ordinating this so if you have a skill or talent from slab laying to sewing or gardening that could help or you have materials or equipment we could use to complete a job we would otherwise have to pay for, please do let Mrs Jones, Mrs Sutton or Mrs Ahuja know.

If you have any other ideas which could help raise funds, avoid spend or support the school in some other way, please do suggest them!

Thank you again for your support and the continued home-school partnership we prize so highly to ensure the most important thing – the very best education for our pupils that we can provide.

Mrs Karen Gwynn & Mrs Laura Penrose, Headteachers.
Mr Colin Wilson, Chair of Governors.

Latest News

22nd Nov - our 'Stay and Play' session at Peterfield welcomed prospective parents and pupils for September 2017. The application deadline for the first round of EYFS admissions is 15th January 2018.

22nd Nov - Pupils from Petersfield attended an award ceremony and were presented with our Bronze Travel Plan award and a prizes of bike and scooter storage.

21st Nov - Thanks to FOPS for the dancing, sweets and fun had at tonight's school disco.

17th Nov - Children in Need Fundraising with a dress down day.

16th Nov - We were delighted to host one of our regular induction sessions. We highly value the parent and local community support we receive to enrich the learning of our pupils.

16th Nov - In our Anti-Bullying Assembly today, we listened to how to be a good friend, why we are all unique, special and equal and the varieties of bullying. The pupils learnt more about how to deal with cyber bullying and we all agreed that Petersfield is an anti-bullying school.

15th Nov - Hands on science in Rowan Class thanks to Miss Ball! 'Mr Ashford made his hands wet, scooped up the bubbles and Miss Ball then set light to a long, long, long stick before setting Mr Ashford's hands on fire! Twice! When the flames went out, Mr Ashford's hands weren't even singed!'

14th Nov - Year 6 participated in the first of an exciting series of science lessons thanks to Johnson Matthey as organized by one of our wonderful parents.

14th Nov - we continue to invite parents and carers into school to find out more about how we support any specific needs of our pupils at our 'SENDCo parent drop in'. Please see the diary dates for the next session in the Spring term.

8th-14th Nov - Thank you to our teachers and FOPS for staffing the book fair and to our pupils and parents for supporting this event and grabbing a good read!

11th Nov - We were very proud of our pupils, past and present, who joined us and the local community to observe 2 minutes silence. Our thanks to Mr Bryant for organizing the poppy campaign at Petersfield and to the Standard Bearer who led us from school to Chequers.

10th Nov - Pine class enjoyed an excellent visit to the British Museum. Thanks to our staff and volunteers for enabling this visit.

10th Nov - Congratulation to those who deserved our Headteacher Awards today. We are very proud of the excellent learning and attitudes to learning being demonstrated.

9th Nov - We were delighted to welcome prospective parents to our Open Afternoon for September 2018 intake. We were very impressed with how the children joined in with the learning in class. We look forward to welcoming new pupils and parents back. The deadline for applications is 15th Jan 2018.

8th Nov - What an exciting medieval day in EYFS and KS1 today! Music, dancing, arts, crafts, cooking, and of course a banquet, were all enjoyed in costume. What a great day of learning!

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