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Petersfield Church of England (Aided) Primary School was officially opened on 22nd June 1962. Until that time, primary school aged children had been educated nearby in small village schools. However, by the 1950s numbers of pupils in many of these schools had fallen below sustainable levels and so the local authority began to Opening Parade explore the possibilities for consolidating the small village schools into one larger school, which could serve the whole area. As all but one of these schools were church-run schools, the Diocese of Ely, as well as the Cambridge Education Committee, were involved in the discussions.

After three years of negotiations, a suitable site for the new school was eventually found on Hurdleditch Road in Orwell. The land was purchased from Mr H.G Peters, of Manor Farm, Orwell. The land had been known locally as 'Greenbridge Meadow', but it is from Mr Peters that the school gets its name - Petersfield.

The construction of the new school building began in 1960. The Archdeacon of Ely led a service of dedication at the site, and Mrs Bambridge of Wimpole Hall planted a commemorative tree, which still grows with vigour outside what is now the head teacher's office.

Working at Desks

The first head teacher of the school was Mr Basil Waterton. A former naval serviceman, Mr Waterton came to the school from a deputy headship in Buckinghamshire, and was to remain at the school for twenty five years. He was succeeded as head teacher in 1986 by Mrs Barbara Radcliff.

Children on Church Steps

The school serves six South Cambridgeshire villages. Initially, the school would serve the villages of Orwell, Wimpole, Whaddon, Arrington and Croydon. A few years later, the school was pleased to welcome the children of Tadlow as well.

Petersfield has a special place in the community and is proud of its long tradition of excellence, innovation and service. We estimate that over 2,500 pupils have passed through our school since it opened in 1962. During our 50th anniversary year in 2012, the school's History Wall project was established to tell the school's story from its earliest beginnings to the modern day. The History Wall was unveiled on 19 May 2012 and celebrates the school's many successes and milestones over the years including:

School on the field
  • the school's official opening in 1962, followed quickly by ...
  • the worst winter since 1740!
  • the formation of our PTA (formally the 'Friends of Petersfield')
  • the opening of the school's first swimming pool (originally outdoor and unheated!)
  • Petersfield's first television
  • watching the first moon landing in the school hall
  • the arrival of Petersfield's first computer
  • our special relationship with the Wimpole Estate
  • sporting successes
  • music and dance performances
  • educational, cultural and environmental awards
  • a national History Association Award for our documentary 'Following Faded Footsteps'
  • the opening of the school's 'Growzone'
  • and much, much more.

We were thrilled with the community response to our History Wall project and since have published a colourful book entitled 'Petersfield: A Celebration of 50 Years of Success in Learning' which contains a wealth of information about the history of our school. If you would like to receive a copy, please contact us.

Latest News

20th June - We are looking forward to the next phase of transition as BVC visit our year 6s tonight.

20th June - Today, we were delighted to welcome Mother Goose's rising fives into school as part of their transition to school.

19th June - After an informative day of staff training on Monday, school is open to pupils, parents and visitors on Tuesday 19th June.

18th June - Monday: school is closed to pupils and parents as all staff will be attending training. We look forward to Tuesday 19th when pupils will resume learning in school.

15th June - We enjoyed a very productive afternoon with dads, granddads and male carers participating in artwork with the children. Before this in an assembly, the children were given the opportunity to these special people for all they do for them.

11th June - Today, our pupils were inspired by the Young'Uns: an English folk group who previously won the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 'Best Group' award. Specialising in singing unaccompanied, they worked with all of KS2 to bring history to life, sing, move and perform. Wow!

11th June - the Bikeability instructors started this week's sessions with a bike check and skills session. Thank you to parents for getting the bikes to school so pupils can learn these vital life skills.

8th June - Norwich FC came in for the first of a series of sessions. The pupil's summarised these enjoyable and educational sessions by saying: 'They come in to improve our PE skills; strength, ability and speed'.

8th June - Elm class began the whole school summer program of tennis coaching. Pupils reported: 'I enjoyed doing the catching and throwing' and 'I really enjoyed passing to my partner even though it was tricky. I want to do it again.' The coach complemented our pupils on their listening skills.

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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'.


As we explained in our recent 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.


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' - write by our Book Club volunteer Ute - can be accessed here. She has kindly donated a copy of her book to our school library.


Please see our vacancies page for opportunities for a Playworker and Caretaker.


Run Orwell - the inaugural FOPS summer run is eagerly anticipated and happening on 24th June 2018. Offering chipped timed 10K and 5K routes, and a 2K fun run, there will be something for everyone. Please register by clicking here.

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