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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 2018, our school roll enables five classes for our pupils - approximately 121 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 2017-19 we are striving to achieve the silver Arts Mark as part of our 3 year strategic plan.

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

24th Apr - School reopens to pupils, parents and visitors for the start of the summer term. Welcome back!

23rd Apr - Our INSET Day training for staff is focused on further developing our creative curriculum.

5th Apr - Whilst school is now closed for Easter, extra curricular drama and sports clubs are running throughout the holidays. Happy Easter! School will reopen to pupils, parents and visitors on Wednesday 24th April following a day of staff INSET.

5th Apr - We were thrilled to be joined by so many parents and members of our community for the Rock Steady Concert. It was a delight to witness the children performing in the bands with so much enthusiasm and talent! We all finished by singing 'When I'm 64'.

5th Apr - This morning, in the sunshine, we walked to the church for our Lent Service. We laid our decorated stones outside the church entrance to make a cairn before the service. 'It was good fun putting together I am a disciple, get me out of here!' reported a year 6 pupil.

3rd Apr - The children really enjoyed the GENR8 assembly: 'I enjoyed the songs', 'They are fun', 'They make the story interesting' and 'I love the puppets'.

3rd Apr - Today, whilst visiting the church, each class had the opportunity to explore 7 prayer stations of their choice and decorated their rock in advance of Friday's Lent service.

2nd Apr - Staff completed their Resus training, ready for the swimming season, today.

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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 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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