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Petersfield Church of England (Aided) Primary School was officially opened on 22nd June 1962. Until that time, primary school aged children had been educated nearby in small village schools. However, by the 1950s numbers of pupils in many of these schools had fallen below sustainable levels and so the local authority began to Opening Parade explore the possibilities for consolidating the small village schools into one larger school, which could serve the whole area. As all but one of these schools were church-run schools, the Diocese of Ely, as well as the Cambridge Education Committee, were involved in the discussions.

After three years of negotiations, a suitable site for the new school was eventually found on Hurdleditch Road in Orwell. The land was purchased from Mr H.G Peters, of Manor Farm, Orwell. The land had been known locally as 'Greenbridge Meadow', but it is from Mr Peters that the school gets its name - Petersfield.

The construction of the new school building began in 1960. The Archdeacon of Ely led a service of dedication at the site, and Mrs Bambridge of Wimpole Hall planted a commemorative tree, which still grows with vigour outside what is now the head teacher's office.

Working at Desks

The first head teacher of the school was Mr Basil Waterton. A former naval serviceman, Mr Waterton came to the school from a deputy headship in Buckinghamshire, and was to remain at the school for twenty five years. He was succeeded as head teacher in 1986 by Mrs Barbara Radcliff.

Children on Church Steps

The school serves six South Cambridgeshire villages. Initially, the school would serve the villages of Orwell, Wimpole, Whaddon, Arrington and Croydon. A few years later, the school was pleased to welcome the children of Tadlow as well.

Petersfield has a special place in the community and is proud of its long tradition of excellence, innovation and service. We estimate that over 2,500 pupils have passed through our school since it opened in 1962. During our 50th anniversary year in 2012, the school's History Wall project was established to tell the school's story from its earliest beginnings to the modern day. The History Wall was unveiled on 19 May 2012 and celebrates the school's many successes and milestones over the years including:

School on the field
  • the school's official opening in 1962, followed quickly by ...
  • the worst winter since 1740!
  • the formation of our PTA (formally the 'Friends of Petersfield')
  • the opening of the school's first swimming pool (originally outdoor and unheated!)
  • Petersfield's first television
  • watching the first moon landing in the school hall
  • the arrival of Petersfield's first computer
  • our special relationship with the Wimpole Estate
  • sporting successes
  • music and dance performances
  • educational, cultural and environmental awards
  • a national History Association Award for our documentary 'Following Faded Footsteps'
  • the opening of the school's 'Growzone'
  • and much, much more.

We were thrilled with the community response to our History Wall project and since have published a colourful book entitled 'Petersfield: A Celebration of 50 Years of Success in Learning' which contains a wealth of information about the history of our school. If you would like to receive a copy, please contact us.

Latest News

17th Jun - INSET day. School is closed to pupils, parents and visitors today as staff attend the training day. This is one of 5 required days set throughout the academic year. Please see the 'Term Dates' section of this website for next year's training dates.

14th Jun - We were delighted by the huge turnout of male carers who attended our Father's Day lunch and afternoon activities. It was wonderful seeing the children enjoying the company. The 'bee-related' activities mean the honey bees now have many homes!

14th Jun - Our 'Walk to School' week finished with the sun shining! Thank you to the volunteers who walked with us throughout the week. They enabled so many children and staff to have more exercise before the start of the school day.

12th Jun - Our year 4 pupils attended the first session of our new coding club, thanks to Mr Anderson and our parent volunteer. We look forward to seeing the outcome from all their new skills.

11th Jun - We were delighted to be joined by Bishop Stephen, Beverley from Age UK and many members of the community to celebrate the work of our Lent Challenge. Bishop Stephen led collective worship, was given a tour of our school by the pupils than had a cup of tea with the Petersfield Community.

11th Jun - Mrs Penrose was joined by a County representative for a bus ride along today. The positive comments about the bus escort and children were a delight to hear.

10th Jun - Well done to all those who joined us to walk to school, despite the weather, as we started Walk to School Week.

9th Jun - Thanks to parents, governors, pupils, staff and the community, our Sensory Garden looked amazing following the final touches and the addition of our pupils' sculptures. Ice-creams added to the enjoyment and we were delighted to welcome so many people in as part of Orwell Open Gardenss.

7th Jun - It was, once again, a delight to see the incredible variety of learning that had taken place over the half term. Rainforests, quizzes, home-made clocks, dazzling artwork and so much more!! Thank you to the parents who came to see and hear about the learning.

6th Jun - Some pupils in KS2 took part in an inter-school 'Quad Kids'. They enjoyed this event and worked well together.

6th Jun - Well done to the pupils who took part in the Maths Challenge in Cambridge. They demonstrated their amazing fluency and reasoning skills.

6th Jun - We were absolutely delighted to welcome all of KS2 from Barrington and Foxton to our BFP Healthy Minds and Healthy Bodies Oracy day. What a showcase of oracy skills with new friends!

3rd Jun - Welcome back to the first day of the busy, exciting and final half term of the 18-19 academic year.

24th May - School is now closed. We wish all our children and their families a lovely half term break. Enjoy the sunshine and we look forward to welcoming you back into school on Monday 3rd June.

23rd May - Today, our Year 6 pupils had the wonderful opportunity to do practical scientific experiments with Claire from the Children Challenging Industry (CCI) programme (primary schools and science-based manufacturing companies working together) as part of the science curriculum.

22nd May - Wow year 2! You should be very proud of your attitude and achievement over the last two weeks as you have taken SATs in your stride showing all you have learnt. We are very proud of you!

21st May - Excellent fun in the river was had by all Rowan and Yes class at Stibbington!

17th May - We celebrated the pupils' varied achievements in assembly. All of year 6 achieved an award due to their hard work and positive attitude this week. Mr Hollands presented his cup to a child who demonstrated a great willingness to learn the piano and play in a band in the Rock Steady group.

16th May - Well done Year 6. SATs are done! You are a credit to yourself and Peterfield School!

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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 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.


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 an opportunity for a Playworker.


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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