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We now have a new, updated version of our school badge. It is still based on the original design by Basil Waterton, Petersfield's first 'Head Master' but now includes a symbol for Tadlow, the fifth parish to join our school community; presumably not included in the shield in the first place as Tadlow pupils started attending Petersfield a few years after the school opened in 1962.

If you would like to find out more about the history of our school, we produced a book to celebrate our Golden Jubilee in 2012. This can be consulted in school or there are a few copies left to buy.

A few designs for a new school logo were judged by our pupils, parents, staff and governors and the winner was fine-tuned into the beautiful design (below right).

We've kept a picture of the original shield so you can see how it's changed (below left).

Old Shield

Often we are asked by pupils and parents where the symbols originate and why they are used. We hope you will find the explanation below interesting.

The cross of St Andrew, represents both the church of St Andrew, Orwell and the church of St Andrew's, Wimpole, and it now runs across the middle of the shield. The pupils liked this idea as Orwell is the geographical home of Petersfield. The diagonal cross embraces the other parish symbols.

New Shield

At the top of the shield is the anchor which symbolises the parish of St Nicholas, Arrington. The anchor represents the connection between St Nicholas and ships and sailors. (In some countries, St Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors).

To the right, the lily symbolises the parish church of St Mary's, Whaddon. The Virgin Mary, Jesus's mother, has many floral symbols, including the lily of the valley, the rose, the "English daisy", the pansy and the periwinkle. It couldn't be agreed which flower Basil Waterton had chosen to depict on his shield, so the lily, as depicted on our school banner was chosen as it is has been found on an old hanging in St Mary's, Whaddon.

At the bottom of the shield, the two heads of wheat symbolise the Church of All Saints, Croydon-cum-Clopton. All Saints Day is traditionally celebrated in November. Wheat is one of the traditional symbols of All Saints Day. It is also a fitting symbol for our school, which in the summer, is surrounded by golden wheat fields. As you can see, the wheat has translated over the years into what look like feathers on the old shield. This may have happened due to endless redrawing and someone mistaking the wheat for feathers. They seem to have stuck for a while!

Finally, the new symbol of an arrow has been added to the left on the shield, representing St Giles, Tadlow. Two symbols which represent St Giles are an arrow and a hind. To keep the simplicity and boldness of the shield design, the arrow was chosen. An arrow, shot at the deer, who in some stories sustained St Giles for many years in his solitude, wounded the saint instead, who afterwards became the patron saint of people with physical disabilities.

Latest News

17th Jan - Our Year 6 pupils performed a wonderful dramatic interpretation of the poem 'The secret of the machines', by Rudyard Kipling, in their class assembly today. This was inspirational for our younger pupils.

15th Jan - Rowan class held the FOPS cake sale today and reported: 'The cakes were delicious', 'I liked being able to sell the cakes I had made' and 'It was well organised'! Well done Rowan class! Thank you everyone for your support!

13th Jan - On Plough Monday, we welcomed the Molly Dancers into school. After two workshops, the dancing showcase was, as always, fantastic!

10th Jan - At our first School Council meeting of the spring term, we discussed behaviour, planting bulbs and the children's takeover day. Later this the month, they are looking forward to taking on the adult's roles in school!

7th Jan - Christmas recounts, greeting friends, and great thinking about the exciting new curriculum topics, what a great start to term! Please do keep looking at the class pages as we learn more about 'Travel and Transport', 'The Groovy Greeks' and 'Earth and Space'.

7th Jan - Welcome back to the start of the 2020 Spring Term!

6th Jan 2020 - Happy New Year! School is closed for INSET training. Today, staff are participating in professional development sessions on fire safety and the learning across the curriculum.

18th Dec - School is now closed for the Christmas holidays. We look forward to welcoming pupils, parents and visitors back to school from Tuesday 7th January 2020! Happy Christmas!

18th Dec - Christmas Parties would not be complete without a visit from Father Christmas! Every child received a gift. Merry Christmas!

18th Dec - Delicious! Christmas Dinner, thanks to our Lunchtime catering team.

18th Dec - Reception and our year 6 pupils led our Nativity service today. Thank you to all the parents who attended and walked with us.

17th Dec - The whole school went to the pantomime...oh yes we did! The children said 'best school day ever' and 'the jokes were funny and the props were good'. Thank you to FOPS for raising the money to pay for this amazing experience. Current ETA at school is as planned.

13th Dec - What an amazing time at the Rock Steady Concert! Thank you to Michael for his inspirational teaching! The Rock Staff Band had great fun singing 'Do they know it's Christmas?'. We truly are a musical school! Well done to the children awarded Headteacher Awards and the Holland's Cup.

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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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