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Diocese Of Ely

Petersfield School, as its full name suggests, is 'aided' by the Diocese of Ely. The term 'Voluntary Aided' dates back to the 1944 Education Act and relates to the Church being responsible for maintaining the fabric of the buildings. The relationship between the school and the Diocese is however much more than just about buildings. As a Church school, an emphasis on Christian Values is at the centre of the school's ethos and highlighted in all Church schools' Mission Statements:
'Recognising its historic foundations, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level.'

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On the Governing Body of a Voluntary Aided school, are a group of governors called the Foundation Governors and they form an overall majority. Foundation Governors help to develop the school's Christian character and to uphold the Anglican ethos.

For the pupils and staff at Petersfield, this Christian character forms an intrinsic part of daily school life. Every school day includes a short act of Collective Worship. This is carefully planned in themes by term and can take place in assembly time or in class. The Reverend Felicity Couch, our parish priest, visits us each week to lead an act of worship and when in post, Mr Christopher White, the Methodist Minister, was also a regular welcome visitor in school. Visitors from other faiths are of course also welcome. We promote Christian faith as a guiding principle for life, whilst also recognising that mankind is made up of many different races and creeds, all of whom are equal in the sight of God.

The pupils enjoy celebrating the major Christian festivals throughout the year, often in imaginative and creative ways, such as making prayer-wish decorations for the St Andrew's Christmas tree or designing a quilt square for the Diocese's "Church Schools' Quilt".

Cross at St Andrews, Orwell

Some facts about the Ely Diocese that may interest you:

  • The Diocese of Ely covers an area of 1,507 square miles
  • The area incorporates Cambridgeshire, part of West Norfolk and some parishes in South Peterborough
  • In the Diocese of Ely, there are 334 church buildings providing places of worship for their local communities
  • Ely Cathedral dates back to Saxon Times with the life of its founder St Etheldreda
  • Work on the present cathedral began in the 11th century
  • 250,000 visitors come to Ely Cathedral every year
  • There are over 80 Church Schools in the Ely Diocese

For more information you can visit the Ely Diocese website.

Latest News

17th Jun - INSET day. School is closed to pupils, parents and visitors today as staff attend the training day. This is one of 5 required days set throughout the academic year. Please see the 'Term Dates' section of this website for next year's training dates.

14th Jun - We were delighted by the huge turnout of male carers who attended our Father's Day lunch and afternoon activities. It was wonderful seeing the children enjoying the company. The 'bee-related' activities mean the honey bees now have many homes!

14th Jun - Our 'Walk to School' week finished with the sun shining! Thank you to the volunteers who walked with us throughout the week. They enabled so many children and staff to have more exercise before the start of the school day.

12th Jun - Our year 4 pupils attended the first session of our new coding club, thanks to Mr Anderson and our parent volunteer. We look forward to seeing the outcome from all their new skills.

11th Jun - We were delighted to be joined by Bishop Stephen, Beverley from Age UK and many members of the community to celebrate the work of our Lent Challenge. Bishop Stephen led collective worship, was given a tour of our school by the pupils than had a cup of tea with the Petersfield Community.

11th Jun - Mrs Penrose was joined by a County representative for a bus ride along today. The positive comments about the bus escort and children were a delight to hear.

10th Jun - Well done to all those who joined us to walk to school, despite the weather, as we started Walk to School Week.

9th Jun - Thanks to parents, governors, pupils, staff and the community, our Sensory Garden looked amazing following the final touches and the addition of our pupils' sculptures. Ice-creams added to the enjoyment and we were delighted to welcome so many people in as part of Orwell Open Gardenss.

7th Jun - It was, once again, a delight to see the incredible variety of learning that had taken place over the half term. Rainforests, quizzes, home-made clocks, dazzling artwork and so much more!! Thank you to the parents who came to see and hear about the learning.

6th Jun - Some pupils in KS2 took part in an inter-school 'Quad Kids'. They enjoyed this event and worked well together.

6th Jun - Well done to the pupils who took part in the Maths Challenge in Cambridge. They demonstrated their amazing fluency and reasoning skills.

6th Jun - We were absolutely delighted to welcome all of KS2 from Barrington and Foxton to our BFP Healthy Minds and Healthy Bodies Oracy day. What a showcase of oracy skills with new friends!

3rd Jun - Welcome back to the first day of the busy, exciting and final half term of the 18-19 academic year.

24th May - School is now closed. We wish all our children and their families a lovely half term break. Enjoy the sunshine and we look forward to welcoming you back into school on Monday 3rd June.

23rd May - Today, our Year 6 pupils had the wonderful opportunity to do practical scientific experiments with Claire from the Children Challenging Industry (CCI) programme (primary schools and science-based manufacturing companies working together) as part of the science curriculum.

22nd May - Wow year 2! You should be very proud of your attitude and achievement over the last two weeks as you have taken SATs in your stride showing all you have learnt. We are very proud of you!

21st May - Excellent fun in the river was had by all Rowan and Yes class at Stibbington!

17th May - We celebrated the pupils' varied achievements in assembly. All of year 6 achieved an award due to their hard work and positive attitude this week. Mr Hollands presented his cup to a child who demonstrated a great willingness to learn the piano and play in a band in the Rock Steady group.

16th May - Well done Year 6. SATs are done! You are a credit to yourself and Peterfield School!

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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 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.


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 an opportunity for a Playworker.


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 www.stikins.co.uk. Quote code 15787

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