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Headteachers Letter

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Dear Parents,

We would like to welcome you to Petersfield Church of England Aided Primary School.

We are proud that our 2017 Ofsted inspection highlighted the school’s many 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 and relationships. We are proud that based on the ‘accurate understanding’ of our school shared by governors and leaders, we are together ‘successfully bringing about improvements in the quality of our pupils’ education. We are proud of our Church Ethos and the acknowledgement that “relationships are exemplary”, that “there is a profoundly supportive atmosphere throughout the school” and that “pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is well provided for.”

From September 2019, our school roll enables five classes for our pupils - approximately 110 girls and boys, aged from four to eleven years old. Whilst the majority of our pupils come from the surrounding villages of Orwell, Arrington, Croydon, Tadlow, Whaddon and Wimpole, we are pleased to welcome pupils from the wider South Cambridgeshire area. As a result, our class structure varies each year according to the size of each year group cohort. Currently we have three classes in Key Stage 2 and two classes in EYFS/KS1.

We are proud to be leading a passionate and enthusiastic staff team who value a creative curriculum that encourages excellence, enjoyment, perseverance and the building of positive relationships. With the support of our skilled Governing Body, as a school, over the last three years, we have introduced many initiatives, to the benefit of our pupils, including revisions to the spelling programme, homework menu, guided and individual reading system, maths calculation policy and reasoning skills, assessment information, Oracy projects in collaboration with Barrington and Foxton Schools, Silver Sports Mark, Gold Lent Challenge, Lego computing, revised school values, writer of the week and the school lunch system with a production kitchen. Please do see our Events Page to find out more. In 2019-20 we are striving to achieve the silver Arts Mark as part of our 3 year strategic plan to enhance our Petersfield curriculum.

As well as providing fantastic social events, our Friends of Petersfield (FOPS) is highly successful in raising funds for Petersfield. Over the last three years, the priority was raising funds to develop our library and reading resources and to purchase a stage for our ever-popular school productions and class assemblies and to develop a sensory garden.

We firmly believe that a strong parent-partnership is essential as we work together to best meet the needs of each child. Therefore, as a school, we continue to update parents on current information and initiatives and to be available daily on the playground to liaise, help and provide pastoral support to all our pupils. We look forward to welcoming pupils, parents and visitors to our friendly school as you become part of our school community.

Yours faithfully,

Karen Gwynn and Laura Penrose.

Latest News

18th Oct - School is now closed for the Half Term holiday, followed by the INSET training day for staff. School will reopen to pupils, parents and visitors on Tuesday 29th October. Happy Holidays!

18th Oct - The music from the Rock Steady pupils was truely inspirational! It was a fantastic way to end the half term.

18th Oct - We had an amazing Black History Celebration with Hollands' Cup and concert today. The pupils told us about the lives of Stevie Wonder, how Two Tone music started, we heard African drumming, a biography of Sheku Kanneh-Mason and music by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

17th Oct - Thank you to the parents who had their Parents' Evening appointments tonight. We value this dialogue as we plan for next half term and beyond.

17th Oct - A group of year 5 pupils went to Steeple Morden School today to participate in a workshop 'Creating characters for stage and page'. They said: 'It was good to think of our own characters and see how we could use these in our stories'.

17th Oct - As part of their local environment topic, Pine Class went to Wimpole today. 'We looked around the farm and we stroked the horses and ponies. After lunch we went on the adventure playground.'

16th Oct - Some year 6 pupils represented us at the County English Challenge. They won the certificate for knowing the most about David Walliams and Miss Way was proud of how they collaborated. 'They gave us questions about books and punctuation. It was fun because we got to work to together'.

15th Oct - Thanks to all the parents who attended Parents' Evening tonight. It was great to hear about the many successes shared and to continue to work together to support our pupils' next steps in learning.

15th Oct - Well done to the pupils who took part in the football competition today. They said 'The football tournament was great fun. We came 6th out of 12. In one game we won 6-0!'

14th Oct - As part of 'When Cambridgeshire Sings', Pine Class worked with an award winning folk band called the Young 'Uns to create, write and produce a song based on our local area. This will be published here once the editing process is complete!

11th Oct - Yew class held their cake sale today, raising funds for FOPS. Many delicious cakes were made, bought and eaten!

11th Oct - In assembly we discussed mental health, what it means and how we can keep ourselves mentally healthy as well as physically healthy.

11th Oct - Governors met the School Council today and talked to them about safeguarding, their views on the curriculum and what it is like to be a child at our school.

9th Oct - Our Running Track is finished and the children are so keen to run and to have the field back in use again tomorrow!

7th Oct - Thank you to the family members who joined our new EYFS pupils for the second of our family lunch sessions.

7th Oct - The teaching profession needs new recruits so we are delighted to be working with the Faculty of Education, Cambridge again this year. Welcome to our PGCE students!

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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