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Health and Safety


We make every effort to ensure that all pupils are Petersfield are safe. We complete annual risk assessments for every area of the school and for all activities e.g. using indoor or outdoor apparatus or catching the bus home from school. Our Health and Safety Governing body committee make regular checks of the buildings and grounds in line with the County regulations, and County audits are also conducted. Termly fire and lock-down drills are carried out according to established protocols.

Supervision starts when the school gates are unlocked at 8:45am with a member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) in the playground. Pupils enter the school through the two playground doors as soon as they arrive. Children are supervised by their classteacher or nominated staff through out the day. The school gate is unlocked at 3:10pm when classteachers supervise pupils into the care of their parents.

Transport to school

Pupils in catchment, who live outside Orwell, are eligible for a school bus pass if they meet the criteria of the Local Authority. Pupils are supervised from and back onto the bus and a bus escort accompanies the driver. Car parking is in the village of Orwell and we actively encourage people to park responsibly and with consideration for our neighbours. Where possible, we encourage pupils to walk or cycle. Bikeability training is offered for Year 5 and 6 pupils to teach cycle safety. Road Safety is an important part of the PSHE curriculum. Parents should not park in the staff car park and please use the walking route along the path and the side of the car park as marked by the white line to ensure the safety of all pedestrians and drivers.

Modeshift Stars Bronze 2017

We are delighted to have been awarded the Bronze level Modeshift STARS accreditation, which is part of the National School Travel Awards. To achieve this award we had to complete a Petersfield Travel plan which included: setting up a working group, doing travel surveys for the pupils and staff and identifying action points. We had Road Safety Week; as a result our pupils are now more aware of how to keep themselves safe on the road. They have conducted traffic surveys and many had cycle training As part of road safety lessons pupils have learnt the benefits of healthy/active travel.

Safety Education

We follow Cambridgeshire's Personal, Social and Health Education programme which educates pupils as to their environment, the potential hazards and how to keep themselves safe. We also teach e-safety as part of our curriculum which has the primary aim of equipping the pupils to keep themselves safe on-line. Bikeability is offered to year 5 and 6 children to encourage cycle safety.

Medical Needs and First Aid

Our medical needs and first aid policies detail how we care for pupils who have particular needs or who are taken ill during the school day. Please see the school website for more information on these policies or ask for a copy at the school office.

An individual health care plan will be created and updated regularly, in liaison with parents and other health specialists, for any child with medical needs to ensure that they are able to access all aspects of school life.

Accidents are dealt with immediately and you will be contacted if necessary. A First Aid record is kept which records all medical treatments. If a child receives a bumped head they will be sent home with a sticker / letter to ensure that all staff and parents are aware of the injury and the need for continued monitoring. Where there are concerns, medical assistance is sought immediately and a member of staff would always accompany a child to hospital were a parent not contactable. Parents are asked to confirm contact details annually and to contact the school office if there is a change to contact details. The County Council offers insurance protection afforded by the Authority's legal liability insurance policies.

Clubs and other activities

We conduct risk assessments for all school organised clubs and activities. If a club is delivered by an external provider, on our site, we request a risk assessment, copy of liability insurance and DBS certificates before a booking will be agreed.

School trips

Risk assessments are conducted for all school trips. These are recorded electronically on Evolve, an on-line educational trips database which is monitored by Cambridgeshire County Council. All trips are signed off by the Headteacher once all documentation has been received. Staff attending trips take recently completed copies of emergency contact details and medical forms for all pupils and adults; whilst additional copies remain at the school and with the Headteacher. In the case of an emergency, we would follow our Critical Incident Policy.

Major incidents

Were a major incident ever to occur, we would follow our Critical Incident Plan. This might require us to evacuate children to the nearby agreed location.

Snow day closure

In the event of closure due to snow, information will be published on the home page of the school website. Updates are also available via local radio stations (e.g. Heart and Radio Cambridgeshire) and via the Cambridgeshire County Council website. If it is necessary to close the school during the day, parents will be contacted via email or phone. Staff would remain to ensure that all children are collected safely. On snow days, we will always assess the school site to ascertain whether it is safe to allow the children outside at break time. Pupils should have appropriate clothing for the weather including waterproofs, wellies and warm clothes.

Parental Access to the school site

Whilst we actively encourage parental involvement and invite parents into school, it is also necessary that we ensure the safety of all pupils. Therefore all visitors need to enter the school via Reception where they are signed in. Should you wish to enter the school building in the morning, please sign in at the office once pupils have entered the building via the playground doors. Parents wishing to see a class teacher can do so on the playground once pupils have been collected. Alternatively, appointments can be made via the school office.

Latest News

20th Mar - Thank you to all those parents who attended tonight's Parents' Evening. We very much appreciate you taking the time to fill out our questionnaires and speak to Governors. Please do contact school if you have not yet arranged your appointment as this close home school liaison is vital.

20th Mar - Puffins pupils were delighted to received their morse code certificate today thanks to our local experts Peter, Martin and Eric. Puffins are very much looking forward to the 'advanced' session next.

20th Mar - Thank to Rev Felicity for supporting the pupils who led our collective worship today.

16th Mar - It is always a pleasure to hear about the learning successes of our pupils in the Hedteachers' Awards assembly.

16th Mar - Rev. Felicity joined pupils to collaboratively plan our Lent church service which we hope you can join us at. The service is at 9:30am on Wednesday 28th March.

16th Mar - We were delighted to welcome Mrs Murfet into school to lead science activities with science club and two classes as part of British Science week. Exciting activities included lava lamps, George's marvelous medicine and rainbows!

16th Mar - Yew class participated in REactive Church today. Thank you to volunteers who make this possible.

14th Mar - Thank to Pine class and the school community for making the FOPS Pine cake sale such a fundraising success whilst enjoying tasty treats!

14th Mar - It was wonderful to welcome Mrs Bonfield back into school today to launch our handmade values bears. We are very grateful for her skill and time to make these for us. They are a beautiful replacement for the much loved values dolls which represented the old school values.

14th Mar - Rowan class attended the first of the REactive Church sessions as we prepare for Easter.

12th Mar - We were delighted to welcome Andy Richardson, from local business Volac, into school today to view Clicker7 and talk to the pupils about it. We are incredibly grateful to Volac for purchasing this fantastic educational software that can be used to support learning at home and school.

9th Mar - We were delighted to have so many mothers and female carers in school for lunch and Mother's Day activities. Pupils worked with their mums and grannies to make bridges, plaques, towers and also took part in a scavenger hunt!

9th Mar - In our Elm Class assembly, they shared their learning about Great Britain through artwork, oracy, music, songs and a wonderful retelling of the Feeding of the 5000 Bible story.

7th Mar - Pine Class walked up to Wimpole Hall Farm as part of their 'United Kingdom' topic focusing on their local area. Whilst there, they took part in an activity making butter in the Victorian dairy.

5th Mar - Mrs Grieves launched 'Malawi Monday' our fundraising challenge to cover her giant map of Malawi in donated coins. These funds will be taken to Malawi in August 2018 to continue the charity work of providing useable school building and resources for children to learn in.

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