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Health and Safety

Safety

We make every effort to ensure that all pupils are Petersfield are safe. We complete annual risk assessments for every area of the school and for all activities e.g. using indoor or outdoor apparatus or catching the bus home from school. Our Health and Safety Governing body committee make regular checks of the buildings and grounds in line with the County regulations, and County audits are also conducted. Termly fire and lock-down drills are carried out according to established protocols.

Supervision starts when the school gates are unlocked at 8:45am with a member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) in the playground. Pupils enter the school through the two playground doors as soon as they arrive. Children are supervised by their classteacher or nominated staff through out the day. The school gate is unlocked at 3:10pm when classteachers supervise pupils into the care of their parents.

Transport to school

Pupils in catchment, who live outside Orwell, are eligible for a school bus pass if they meet the criteria of the Local Authority. Pupils are supervised from and back onto the bus and a bus escort accompanies the driver. Car parking is in the village of Orwell and we actively encourage people to park responsibly and with consideration for our neighbours. Where possible, we encourage pupils to walk or cycle. Bikeability training is offered for Year 4, 5 and 6 pupils to encourage cycle safety. Road Safety is an important part of the PSHE curriculum. Parents should not park in the staff car park and please use the walking route along the path and the side of the car park as marked by the white line to ensure the safety of all pedestrians and drivers.

Modeshift Stars Bronze 2017

We are delighted to have been awarded the Bronze level Modeshift STARS accreditation, which is part of the National School Travel Awards. To achieve this award we had to complete a Petersfield Travel plan which included: setting up a working group, doing travel surveys for the pupils and staff and identifying action points. We had Road Safety Week; as a result our pupils are now more aware of how to keep themselves safe on the road. They have conducted traffic surveys and many had cycle training As part of road safety lessons pupils have learnt the benefits of healthy/active travel.

Safety Education

We follow Cambridgeshire's Personal, Social and Health Education programme which educates pupils as to their environment, the potential hazards and how to keep themselves safe. We also teach e-safety as part of our curriculum which has the primary aim of equipping the pupils to keep themselves safe on-line. Bikeability is offered to year 5 and 6 children to encourage cycle safety.

Medical Needs and First Aid

Our medical needs and first aid policies detail how we care for pupils who have particular needs or who are taken ill during the school day. Please see the school website for more information on these policies or ask for a copy at the school office.

An individual health care plan will be created and updated regularly, in liaison with parents and other health specialists, for any child with medical needs to ensure that they are able to access all aspects of school life.

Accidents are dealt with immediately and you will be contacted if necessary. A First Aid record is kept which records all medical treatments. If a child receives a bumped head they will be sent home with a band and first aid form to ensure that all staff and parents are aware of the injury and the need for continued monitoring. Where there are concerns, medical assistance is sought immediately and a member of staff would always accompany a child to hospital were a parent not contactable. Parents are asked to confirm contact details annually and to contact the school office if there is a change to contact details. The County Council offers insurance protection afforded by the Authority's legal liability insurance policies.

Clubs and other activities

We conduct risk assessments for all school organised clubs and activities. If a club is delivered by an external provider, on our site, we request a risk assessment, copy of liability insurance and DBS certificates before a booking will be agreed.

School trips

Risk assessments are conducted for all school trips. These are recorded electronically on Evolve, an on-line educational trips database which is monitored by Cambridgeshire County Council. All trips are signed off by the Headteacher once all documentation has been received. Staff attending trips take recently completed copies of emergency contact details and medical forms for all pupils and adults; whilst additional copies remain at the school and with the Headteacher. In the case of an emergency, we would follow our Critical Incident Policy.

Major incidents

Were a major incident ever to occur, we would follow our Critical Incident Plan. This might require us to evacuate children to the nearby agreed location.

Snow day closure

In the event of closure due to snow, information will be published on the home page of the school website. Updates are also available via local radio stations (e.g. Heart and Radio Cambridgeshire) and via the Cambridgeshire County Council website. If it is necessary to close the school during the day, the 'Latest News' section of the website will be updated and where electricity permits, parents will be contacted via email or phone. Staff would remain to ensure that all children are collected safely. On snow days, we will always assess the school site to ascertain whether it is safe to allow the children outside at break time. Pupils should have appropriate clothing for the weather including waterproofs, wellies and warm clothes.

Parental Access to the school site

Whilst we actively encourage parental involvement and invite parents into school, it is also necessary that we ensure the safety of all pupils. Therefore all visitors need to enter the school via Reception where they are signed in. Should you wish to enter the school building in the morning, please sign in at the office once pupils have entered the building via the playground doors. Parents wishing to see a class teacher can do so on the patio once pupils have been collected. Alternatively, appointments can be made via the school office.

Latest News

23rd Oct - School is now closed for the autumn half term holiday. We look forward to welcoming pupils and parents back to school on Tuesday 3rd November after the INSET day. Happy holidays!

21st Oct - Today we are pleased to feature in the Cambridge Independent Newspaper with photos and an explanation about our positive mental health curriculum.

19th Oct - We had a great whole school RE day today building up our school journey of 'Understanding Christianity'. Our youngest children learnt about what makes us special and how Jesus is special to Christians. Our older children looked into the topic of what is the 'Good News' of the gospel.

16th Oct - Today, our pupils showcased their positive mental health work as a press photographer visited our school to take socially distanced pictures for the newspaper.

15th Oct - THANK YOU! to the parents who have donated slabs (and the time and effort to install them) to make entry to the school gate less muddy!

13th Oct - Despite to power cut, thank you to everyone who is joining us for the virtual Parents' Evening tonight!

12th Oct - Thanks to Pine class, we will now have on display posters to promote positive thinking including word-web phrases and images. They explored what 'Positive Thinking' means and how we can be more positive in our lives and with other people.

9th Oct - The virtual governor visit today was an opportunity to celebrate all the work we have done this week in conjunction with the YMCA and our cluster schools. Please do ask the children about what they have learnt and how together, we are all promoting positive mental health.

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Notices

As per County and national guidance, Petersfield will only close in exceptional circumstances or where instructed to do so. The decision will be made ASAP and displayed first on our school website in the 'Latest News' above.


Covid-19 Coronavirus update - we continue to follow the regularly updated government guidance available via this link. At all times, safety is our highest priority. Please ensure you follow guidance particularly regarding illness, isolation and entry to


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 - now a virtual event for everyone! Click here to visit the website and join in!


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.


Is your child due to start school in September 2021? 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.

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