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Welcome to Petersfield Church of England Aided Primary School

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Welcome to our school website. This is designed to give you an insight into the exciting place that is Petersfield Church of England (Aided) Primary School. We very much look forward to welcoming you into school soon to find out even more.

Elm Class painting outside

Petersfield Church of England (Aided) Primary School is a small, rural school serving families from within the parish boundaries of Orwell, Arrington, Croydon, Tadlow, Whaddon and Wimpole and from many other locations outside of our school catchment. We are committed to providing a high quality education within a Christian context and we work hard to create a caring environment, both inside the classroom and out. By focusing on excellence, enjoyment, perseverance and building relationships we support and inspire our pupils throughout this stage of their lifelong learning journey.

Our 2017 Ofsted report recognises many of the school’s great strengths, particularly in relation to the good start the children make in the Early Years Foundation Stage, keeping the children safe, the caring ethos, behaviour, relationships and the strong leadership and management of the school. The report identifies that Petersfield is a ‘well-organised and improving school in which pupils are well cared for and develop confidence in their learning’. We are very proud that the children at our school are so caring, well behaved and respectful.

Our February 2016 SIAMS report highlighted that "the distinctiveness and effectiveness of Petersfield Primary as a Church of England school are good because:

  • School leaders have clarity of vision, drive and ambition for the school, founded on the Christian ethos.
  • Pupils demonstrate significant strengths in their social, moral, spiritual and cultural development.
  • Imaginative and challenging RE teaching ensures pupils of all abilities are engaged and high standards attained."

It went on to identify that:

  • "Relationships are exemplary, modelled by adults and particularly strong between older and younger pupils through the 'buddy' system.
  • Staff have high expectations of pupils which is reflected in the progress they are making in their workbooks.
  • The school's values are clearly stated and recognised by all stakeholders.
  • Excellent links have been established with the community, including with the Parish Church.
  • There are significant strengths in teaching and learning in RE at Petersfield. Teachers use imaginative approaches to engage pupils of all levels of ability.
  • A high level of challenge is evident in the 'big questions' explored across the age range.
  • Leaders, including the incumbent and the chair of governors, have the vision, ambition and drive required to secure future success.
  • SMSC is strong and the emphasis placed on this by school leaders is recognised and much appreciated by parents. The articulate, thoughtful and open-minded engagement of pupils in discussions with each other and with adults is testimony to the effectiveness of the leadership of Petersfield CEVA Primary School."

We very much look forward to welcoming you to Petersfield where, as partners in learning together, we strive to provide the very best for each individual.

Karen Gwynn and Laura Penrose, Co-Headteachers.

Latest News

16th July - Today's school reports provided the opportunity to say 'Well done!' to pupils and staff for a year of hard work.

16th July - Dress in bright colours day raised over £70 for our playworker to take to Africa for her charity work this summer. Well done Petersfield!

13th July - Congratulations to our Hollands' cup winner for his use of his voice both in and out of school to great effect.

11th July - The FOPS AGM today was an opportunity to say thanks to FOPS members and the committee for their amazing hard work this year, to welcome volunteers for next year and to plan for the future - including the ground work day next Tuesday. Can you spare half an hour to help from 3:30pm?

11th July - Yew class visited church for REactive church today.

9th July - What an fantastic visit for Rowan and Yew. The Tower of London trip was linked to the topic and the recent Darwin Rocks production.

6th July - What an amazing day at Wimbledon for the year 5 and 6 pupils following our recent tennis coaching. Thank you to Ms Catchpole and Mrs Peachey for enabling a very busy, exciting and memorable day in London.

5th and 6th July - Our year 6s, who are moving onto CVC in September, took part in their 'Move up' days.

5th and 6th July - Year 5 enjoyed their taster secondary experience at BVC.

4th July - We given another amazing performance tonight of 'Darwin Rocks!'. One of the songs was 'Nothing beats being you!'. This message is very important, as they demonstrated in song, dance and acting.

3rd July - Wow! The singing, solos, dancing, props, costumes, acting and oracy at the dress rehearsal and evening performance were incredible. We are looking forward to tomorrow's performance.

2nd July - Thank you to Ash class for the excellent refreshments at the FOPS cake sale.

Latest Publications


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 - back in 2019. Save the date. 30th June 2019. 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 Quote code 15787