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Pupil Welfare

All staff have a responsibility for safeguarding pupils at Petersfield. The class teacher(s) is primarily responsible for the care and welfare of your child whilst in school. We actively encourage parent involvement and support in all aspects of school as we firmly believe that a strong home - school parent partnership is in the best interests of our pupils. We actively seek to involve parents, pupils and all relevant staff in discussions to support pupil welfare to ensure the best possible outcomes and a uniform approach. Class teachers are available on the playground most nights after school and should the need arise, they will be happy to arrange an alternative time to discuss any concerns you may have. Please do request an appointment at the school office. If matters are not resolved through these discussions please do contact our Key Stage Leaders, Deputy Headteachers or Headteacher who will be happy to work with you to resolve the matter.

We run an established programme of social skills / friendship groups to support children who may be finding some difficulties in building relationships with other pupils. These are run by our Teaching Assistants, and are a proven way of resolving difficulties and allaying worries. We encourage restorative justice and believe that often, by encouraging children to speak openly and honestly about the concerns or issues that they have in the presence of a mediating adult, matters can be greatly improved.

We are pleased to welcome pupils and their families into our school community regularly through out the school year. We pride ourselves in providing a friendly welcome and individually tailored support from staff and pupils to ensure a smooth transition into our school.

If additional support is required to help a pupil - there are various channels that can be followed:

  • The school nurse can be contacted by any parent with a health or welfare concern. Please ask for contact details at the school office.
  • Further concerns, requiring the involvement of other agencies e.g. parent support advisers or specialist teachers can be requested if parents and the school complete an EHA (Early Help Assessment).
  • Our cluster of schools fund a counselling service, called Allyance, to which we can refer pupils with more complex needs for play therapy.

We are delighted to regularly work closely with partner organisations in school, such as the NSPCC, to ensure our pupils are confident to speak out about any concerns. Below is the letter from our last session which outlines the additional information parents can access to support further discuss at home about staying safe

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Latest News

21st Feb - We were delighted to welcome a member of the Ely Diocese team into school today as we again embark on Bishop Stephen's Lent Challenge.

19th Feb - Welcome back to school, open today for spring half term 2, to pupils, parents and visitors.

9th Feb - School is now closed for half term. We look forward to welcoming pupils, parents and visitors back to school on Monday 19th February. Happy Half Term!

9th Feb - Our Headteachers' Awards Collective Worship yet again showcased the talents of our pupils both with the live music and the awards to celebrate learning.

9th Feb - Congratulations to our Holland's cup winner today, who was awarded this because of her increased confidence to try out playing new pieces of music on the piano.

7th Feb - Thanks to the Post Office staff in Orwell who enabled Ash class to purchase their stamps as part of their project work.

6th Feb - Safer Internet Day. Pine class reported that 'In class, we thought about and discussed what emotions we'd feel if different things happened to us online and we created a 'wanted' poster for a good online friend.' Please do see the website for more information about staying safe online.

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