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Diocese Of Ely

Petersfield School, as its full name suggests, is 'aided' by the Diocese of Ely. The term 'Voluntary Aided' dates back to the 1944 Education Act and relates to the Church being responsible for maintaining the fabric of the buildings. The relationship between the school and the Diocese is however much more than just about buildings. As a Church school, an emphasis on Christian Values is at the centre of the school's ethos and highlighted in all Church schools' Mission Statements:
'Recognising its historic foundations, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level.'

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On the Governing Body of a Voluntary Aided school, are a group of governors called the Foundation Governors and they form an overall majority. Foundation Governors help to develop the school's Christian character and to uphold the Anglican ethos.

For the pupils and staff at Petersfield, this Christian character forms an intrinsic part of daily school life. Every school day includes a short act of Collective Worship. This is carefully planned in themes by term and can take place in assembly time or in class. The Reverend Felicity Couch, our parish priest, visits us each week to lead an act of worship. The Methodist minister also leads Collective Worship. Visitors from other faiths are of course also welcome. We promote Christian faith as a guiding principle for life, whilst also recognising that mankind is made up of many different races and creeds, all of whom are equal in the sight of God.

The pupils enjoy celebrating the major Christian festivals throughout the year, often in imaginative and creative ways, such as making prayer-wish decorations for the St Andrew's Christmas tree or designing a quilt square for the Diocese's "Church Schools' Quilt".

Cross at St Andrews, Orwell

Some facts about the Ely Diocese that may interest you:

  • The Diocese of Ely covers an area of 1,507 square miles
  • The area incorporates Cambridgeshire, part of West Norfolk and some parishes in South Peterborough
  • In the Diocese of Ely, there are 334 church buildings providing places of worship for their local communities
  • Ely Cathedral dates back to Saxon Times with the life of its founder St Etheldreda
  • Work on the present cathedral began in the 11th century
  • 250,000 visitors come to Ely Cathedral every year
  • There are over 80 Church Schools in the Ely Diocese

For more information you can visit the Ely Diocese website.

Latest News

15th Oct - Following on from the mask creations last week, this week, Elm class created their own floats for the carnival. Our school value of creativity was on show everywhere you looked!

14th Oct - Today we were pleased to welcome Mrs Coulson, our Diocese link, into school virtually. As usual, our pupils beautifully articulated their thoughts about the school. Mrs Coulson said 'The pupils are obviously keen learners and are so proud of their classrooms and their achievements.'

12th Oct - This week our Collective Worship has explored Respecting Others. Lots of great examples have been identified. Everyone in school continues to be invited to celebrate great examples of this showcased in school.

7th Oct - Today we welcomed Mrs Fuller, our County Advisor, into school virtually. She was very impressed with all the pupils she spoke to. They were bubbling with enthusiasm about their learning and explained out metacognition learning powers to her as well.

6th Oct - Rowan and Pine class visited Chapel Orchard today to create their own Andy Goldsworthy inspired art work.

5th Oct - Today we introduced this year's Shoe Box Appeal. You can find out more in this week's Petersfield Press.

4th Oct - Smile! It is school photograph day today!

4th Oct - It is only 9:20am and as a school, we have already written a school song with the wonderful Young'Uns who are working with each class for musical workshops throughout the day today!

1st Oct - Today we welcomed the County English advisor into school. She was able to celebrate all the fantastic writing evident in school whilst also offering further training for staff as we continue to prioritise developing children's writing skills at Petersfield.

30th Sept - Today, the children reflected on our theme of things that are special. We thought about the support Mrs Roberts has given so many children in school and Puffins as we celebrated her work in our Head Teachers' Collective Worship.

29th Sept - Today, the whole school reflected on what it means to be a good friend, how we play together and show respect. A group of children then work together to assemble another new football goal to play with at break times.

25th Sept - We won first prize at the Gransden show for our Food to Fork banner! Well done to the children and Mrs Bonfield for the fantastic entries.

23rd Sept - Today's Headteacher Collective Worship included recognising pupils who have been demonstrating our values to others. Creativity and friendship have been particularly apparent this week.

21st Sept - Thank you to Rev Felicity for leading our Harvest Service today. It was wonderful to be altogether on the school field and to think about our donations and who they will help.

20th Sept - Today we have begun to think about Harvest in Collective Worship. Our School Council introduced our collection for tomorrow's Harvest Festival. We are collecting money for our Malawi fundraising and food for the local food bank if you are able to donate tomorrow.

17th Sept - Well done to our EYFS who enjoyed learning in school for their first full day today.

17th Sept - Today's second virtual creative writing session led to brilliant extended writing from year 3 and 4.

16th Sept - We look forward to seeing the creative writing from year 3 and 4 following the first of two 'Beneath the Surface' virtual writing sessions today.

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Notices

Is your child due to start school in September 2022? If so, click here to visit our admissions page.


Have you tried any of the experiments in the science magazines you can find on the 'Science is Fun' webpage? Click on the 'Curriculum' tab to find out more.


Have you visited our 'Reading for Pleasure' page where local published author Ute Maria is adding stories regularly? Click on the 'Curriculum' tab to enjoy the stories.


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.


Run Orwell returned as a much enjoyed Covid secure event in June 2021. Keep an eye on the website for updates about the next planned event!


Save yourself time naming uniform and raise money for school. Visit www.stikins.co.uk. Quote code 15787


Covid update - Our Covid page contains information to support your child throughout the pandemic.


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.


Following the recent phone upgrade, please leave a message if the school phone is not answered, including out of school hours. We will then receive and email alerting us to your call. Alternatively, please email the school office.


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