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Petersfield Church of England Aided School is a Primary school of approximately 135 pupils from Reception to Year 6. Our Pupil Admission number (PAN) is 30 per year group making a total capacity of 210 pupils. Our cohorts vary in size each year so some year groups are approaching our maximum Pupil Admission Number whilst others are not.

All admission decisions, including children from outside the catchment area and in year admissions, are made following consultation with the Schools Admissions Department at Shire Hall, Cambridge. Our youngest pupils are admitted to Petersfield at the start of the academic year in which they turn 5 years old. Further advice can be found in the Cambridgeshire Admissions document.

Admission forms can be obtained from the school office, by calling the admissions office on 01223 699200/699662 or online at:

The admissions deadline is the 15th January annually. County publish updated admissions information for the following September in the autumn term before.

Cambridgeshire County Council manages the school admissions process for children who live within, or are moving into Cambridgeshire for all maintained schools, including academies.

For more information, please read our admissions policy:

First Steps Admission to Primary School

The document 'First Steps Admission to Primary School' will give you information about:

  • How to decide which school/s you would like to apply for
  • How to make your application for a primary school place
  • How places are offered if there are more applications than places available
  • What will happen if it is not possible to offer your child a place at school

The document 'Starting Primary School' explains how to apply for a primary school place if your child lives in Cambridgeshire.

Admission to Reception

We stagger the entry of our Reception pupils in Reception over several weeks as we believe it is beneficial to the children's emotional and academic progress. As we understand that all our pupils have differing needs and take differing amounts of time to settle, we work hard to ensure the provision is appropriate for all pupils by:

  • holding an open afternoon to enable prospective parents to visit the school in the Autumn term
  • host 'Stay and Play' after school sessions in the Autumn term for prospective parents and pupils
  • welcoming prospective parents and pupils into our school for a visits
  • building on our strong links with our neighboring preschools
  • writing to new parents following their acceptance of the offered place with details of our transition arrangements
  • welcoming new parents into school in June for an informative Open Evening where parents visit the classroom and meet the Headteachers and other key staff members
  • arranging visits for new reception pupils in the Summer term
  • inviting new pupils and parents to events such as the production, summer fayre and sports day
  • writing to new pupils over the summer holidays
  • visiting reception children in their own homes during the Summer term.
Admission at Other Times

We regularly welcome pupils into our school in other year groups and at other times of the year. We encourage a visit to the school at an early stage and the admissions form must be completed and returned to Cambridgeshires’s Admissions Department. Staff and pupils and parents work together to ensure all new pupils and parents settle quickly by:

  • welcoming pupils and families into school
  • working closely with new pupils and their families to ensure their needs are met
  • buddying new pupils with experienced pupils
  • providing TA support to ensure that transition.
Is your child due to start school in September 2021?

If so we would like to invite you to contact us to see what our fantastic school has to offer! Please contact the school office to make an appointment.

Latest News

17th Sept - Thank you to FOPS for their tireless work to raise funds for Petersfield despite the current restrictions. At tonight's meeting, we planned the AGM which you can join from the comfort of your own home on Thursday 22nd October at 8pm. More information to follow in the newsletter.

17th Sept - It was great to see Rowan and Yew parents at tonight's curriculum sessions.

17th Sept - Well done to all those who have achieved their gold Mathletics certificates during Lockdown and the summer. After celebrating the bronze and silver awards over the last two weeks, we enjoyed congratulating our gold certificate mathematicians today.

16th Sept - Thanks to the Ash parents who attended today's curriculum session.

15th Sept - Many thanks to Elm and Pine class parents who joined us for the first two virtual Curriculum Sessions. Thank you for the questions - all of this helps us work together as we establish a new 'normal' where parent-school partnership is as important as ever.

14th Sept - Well done reception - you are doing such a good job of saying for the morning this week. Super smiles and great learning all round!

9th Sept - Wow! What an amazing first day for our new reception pupils today. You looked so smart in your new uniform with your bookbags donated by FOPS. Well done!

7th Sept - What a super start, well done Petersfield. Great to see you all today and well done for entering school so confidently.

7th Sept - A VERY warm welcome to the start of the term for pupils!

4th Sept - on our second INSET day, staff and governors are completing their essential safeguarding training. We very much look forward to welcoming current pupils back to school on Monday. Have a great weekend.

3rd Sept - Our first INSET day for staff - please look out for the newsletter and attachments sent to you today.

1st Sept - Following a meeting with County today, we continue to plan for the return of pupils on Monday 7th September (current pupils) and Wednesday 9th (new EYFS pupils). We will email with the latest updates on the INSET days (3rd and 4th). We very much look forward to seeing you next week.

3rd Aug - A toolkit of resources to help parents prepare for a return to school and the latest science magazine have now been added to the Covid page.

22nd July - Whilst school is closed for the summer, please visit the 'Covid-19' page under the 'Classes' drop down menu for resources to support safety, well-being and learning.

22nd July - Tonight, school closes to pupils, parents and visitors as the 19-20 academic year is finished. School will be shut for building work for the entire summer. Should you need to contact us, please do so via the office email, from 3rd September. Happy Summer!

22nd July - Good luck! Well done! Best Wishes to the amazing Mrs Williams, who is retiring this term, and our wonderful year 6 pupils who leave for pastures new today. We are so proud of you all.

21st July - Thank you to Rev. Felicity and our year 6 Leavers - we really enjoyed the Leavers' Assembly today.

Latest Publications

Notices

As per County and national guidance, Petersfield will only close in exceptional circumstances or where instructed to do so. The decision will be made ASAP and displayed first on our school website in the 'Latest News' above.


Covid-19 Coronavirus update - we continue to follow the regularly updated government guidance available via this link. At all times, safety is our highest priority. Please ensure you follow guidance particularly regarding illness, isolation and entry to


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 - now a virtual event for everyone! Click here to visit the website and join in!


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.


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.

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