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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. The Methodist minister also leads Collective Worship. 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 Feb - School is now closed for the Spring Half Term holiday. We look forward to welcoming pupils, parents and visitors back to school on Monday 24th February. Happy Half Term!

14th Feb - Well done to all the pupils who received a Head Teachers Award or the Hollands Cup. A special thanks to the children who organised the Music Concert, which was dedicated to Mr Hollands. All the children who participated were able to showcase their talents!

13th Feb - Thank you to all the Parents and Carers who attended tonight's Parents' Evening. If you have not been able to meet the teachers yet or have not completed the questionnaire, please do speak to your child's classteacher.

12th Feb - Four children represented the school at a multisports competition at Impington College. 'It was a great opportunity to try new sports'.

12th Feb - Thank you to Croudace for today's site visit for year 6. This visit provided the inspiration for poetry writing.

12th Feb - We are pleased to report the phone lines and internet are currently working again. Thank you for your patience.

11th Feb - It is great to be welcoming parents to the first of the two Parents' Evening sessions tonight. Working together for the good of the children is so important to us.

10th Feb - Thank you to the children and staff who participated in the Litter Pick of the Rec today. We were delighted to work in conjunction with the Women of Orwell.

10th Feb - Apologies, following the power cuts we still have no phone service. Please use email or come to the office if needed.

7th Feb - Pine Class showcased their learning about 'The Groovy Greeks' today with songs, drama, researched information, and their own written myths. Well done to all involved, you have obviously worked so hard!

5th Feb - Thank you for the messages and chocolate during Ofsted! Mr Mohammed will now write his Ofsted report which is currently confidential. We will publish it here as soon as we are able.

5th Feb - We are delighted to have the Life Skills Bus in school today and tomorrow as part of our PSHE sessions. We were please to welcome parents who came to find out more about the bus.

4th Feb - Year 5 and 6 had an amazing time at the O2 for the spectacular event of Young Voices.

4th Feb - Thank you to all the positive messages - we are very proud of Petersfield and are looking forward to welcoming Ofsted about our school today and tomorrow.

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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'.


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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