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Petersfield Church of England Aided School is a Primary school of approximately 135 pupils from Reception to Year 6. Our Pupil Admission number (PAN) is 30 per year group making a total capacity of 210 pupils. Our cohorts vary in size each year so some year groups are approaching our maximum Pupil Admission Number whilst others are not.

All admission decisions, including children from outside the catchment area and in year admissions, are made following consultation with the Schools Admissions Department at Shire Hall, Cambridge. Our youngest pupils are admitted to Petersfield at the start of the academic year in which they turn 5 years old. Further advice can be found in the Cambridgeshire Admissions document.

Admission forms can be obtained from the school office, by calling the admissions office on 01223 699200/699662 or online at:

The admissions deadline is the 15th January annually. County publish updated admissions information for the following September in the autumn term before.

Cambridgeshire County Council manages the school admissions process for children who live within, or are moving into Cambridgeshire for all maintained schools, including academies.

For more information, please read our admissions policy:

First Steps Admission to Primary School

The document 'First Steps Admission to Primary School' will give you information about:

  • How to decide which school/s you would like to apply for
  • How to make your application for a primary school place
  • How places are offered if there are more applications than places available
  • What will happen if it is not possible to offer your child a place at school

The document 'Starting Primary School' explains how to apply for a primary school place if your child lives in Cambridgeshire.

Admission to Reception

We stagger the entry of our Reception pupils in Reception over several weeks as we believe it is beneficial to the children's emotional and academic progress. As we understand that all our pupils have differing needs and take differing amounts of time to settle, we work hard to ensure the provision is appropriate for all pupils by:

  • holding an open afternoon to enable prospective parents to visit the school in the Autumn term
  • host 'Stay and Play' after school sessions in the Autumn term for prospective parents and pupils
  • welcoming prospective parents and pupils into our school for a visits
  • building on our strong links with our neighboring preschools
  • writing to new parents following their acceptance of the offered place with details of our transition arrangements
  • welcoming new parents into school in June for an informative Open Evening where parents visit the classroom and meet the Headteachers and other key staff members
  • arranging visits for new reception pupils in the Summer term
  • inviting new pupils and parents to events such as the production, summer fayre and sports day
  • writing to new pupils over the summer holidays
  • visiting reception children in their own homes during the Summer term.
Admission at Other Times

We regularly welcome pupils into our school in other year groups and at other times of the year. We encourage a visit to the school at an early stage and the admissions form must be completed and returned to Cambridgeshires’s Admissions Department. Staff and pupils and parents work together to ensure all new pupils and parents settle quickly by:

  • welcoming pupils and families into school
  • working closely with new pupils and their families to ensure their needs are met
  • buddying new pupils with experienced pupils
  • providing TA support to ensure that transition.
Is your child due to start school in September 2020?

If so we would like to invite you on a tour to see what our fantastic school has to offer! Please contact the school office to make an appointment.

Latest News

24th Jan - Well done to all the children who received their Head Teacher's Award - they really deserved it! School Council met today. We discussed ensuring the initiative 'Change Starts with us' is talked about in classes and plans drawn up.

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.

Latest Publications

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'.


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


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.

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