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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

14th Dec - We had a real treat, this afternoon, watching Divergent Drama's 'Cinderyeller'. Our pupils said: 'It was wonderful. When I grow up, I want to be an actor like them' and 'It inspired me to think that I might write a play'. Thank you to FOPS for providing the funds for this.

14th Dec - Two Governors visited school to discuss children's extended writing which is one of our school priorities. The pupils were able to talk about their learning using their oracy skills and share their learning in their books.

13th Dec - The final EYFS and KS1 performance was the very best! Wow!

12th Dec - The carols under the tree in Wimpole Stables were fabulous tonight. Thanks to Sandra at Wimpole, all those who attended - especially the children on the instruments - and to FOPS for the warm minced pies.

12th Dec - Thank you to all the parents and supporters who enjoyed the EYFS and KS1 performance today. We all agree it was fantastic!

12th Dec - Rowan class attended REActive Church today. Thank you so much to Rev Felicity and the volunteers for this season's sessions.

11th Dec - Elm and Ash class, your dress rehearsal was fantastic! Thank you for Mother Goose who joined us for this performance.

10th Dec - We were delighted to be invited to sing carols at the Methodist church. Thank you to Mr Holland for playing and for the display of Christmas trees, the train and lights.

7th Dec - Pine Class led a Roman Celebration of Learning assembly. They shared artwork, stories and poems and had a quiz on Roman numerals.

6th Dec - Today, Pine class enjoyed REActive Church.

5th Dec - GenR8 are visiting today to tell the Christmas story.

5th Dec - Thanks to Mrs Bonfield and our creative pupils, we now have a beautiful, hand made advent calendar in the hall.

4th Dec - Yew class attended REActive Church today as we prepare for Christmas.

3rd Dec - Thanks to FOPS for bringing that Christmas feel to Petersfield today with all the Christmas decorations. Don't forget the bauble competition to decorate the tree. Due Monday 17th December.

1st Dec - Join us today, 10am to 4pm, for the wonderful FOPS Christmas Fair. Christmas trees, Father Christmas, amazing stalls and delicious food are all available at the Lordsbridge Arena.

30th Nov - The Christingle was a beautiful service at church, the children looked in awe and wonder at the reflections from the light of the candle flames.

29th Nov - Following help from a large number of parents today, we now have our Christingles ready for tomorrow's church service.

23rd Nov - We were again delighted to welcome our EYFS parents into school today to share a lunch with our youngest pupils.

23rd Nov - Our pupils shared what they had learnt in Road Safety week. The youngest pupils told us to stop, listen and think and Elm class shared these words in Spanish. KS2 completed a traffic survey, discussed the pros and cons of walking home alone and discussed road safety.

22nd Nov - Well done to all the KS2 cross country runners who participated in the event today. We were impressed by your perseverance.

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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'.


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 www.stikins.co.uk. Quote code 15787

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