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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

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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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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