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Health and Safety

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 4, 5 and 6 pupils to encourage 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 band and first aid form 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, the 'Latest News' section of the website will be updated and where electricity permits, 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 patio once pupils have been collected. Alternatively, appointments can be made via the school office.

Latest News

7th May - We were delighted to share our first story with our September 2021 EYFS pupils today as we started the transition from preschool to primary school. It was great to hear how much you enjoyed listening to it.

6th May - Ash Class Assembly was well worth the wait today! What a super showcase of just some of your super learning this term Ash class! Thanks to everyone who enjoyed it with us.

4th May - There was much excitement in school today as the KS2 football club restarted after school.

4th May - Every class talked animatedly this afternoon as they explain their learning to our County Primary Advisor who visited virtually today.

4th May - We hope you had a great Bank Holiday! Our thanks to the staff who worked on the school site this weekend to weed and tidy the playground and sensory garden.

30th Apr - Happy Bank Holiday weekend! It was lovely to hear about the children's plans for the weekend today. We look forward to seeing all our pupils on Tuesday (not Monday!)next week!

30th Apr - Today, we joined many others in 'England does the Daily Mile' as every class continued our Daily Mile challenge.

29th - Due to the County wide internet issue, we have postponed today's Ash Class Assembly to next week - 6th May.

29th Apr - Our new phone line has been activated today. The usual school contact number should now been visible when we call you.

21st Apr - Year 5 and 6 were joined by representatives from the University of Cambridge to be awarded certificates and a set of 10 wooden microscopes for the winning images we submitted to the science image award last year.

19th Apr - We are very excited to be launching National Skipping Week with the World Record beating champion skipper, Pete Thompson, coming to demonstrate his skills and run workshops with the children.

15th Apr - Well done to the well deserved winners of the Headteacher Awards and Hollands Cup presented virtually today. Thank you to family members who shared in these achievements with us.

13th Apr - Today, Rev Felicity led our service as we joined with Barrington School virtually. We reflected on a 'Life Well Lived' in our Collective Worship following the Death of HRH Duke of Edinburgh.

12th Apr - Welcome back to the Summer term! What a fantastic start to the term! Our children's enthusiasm for learning and seeing their peers is great to see.

30th Mar - We are pleased to report that the Track and Trace process for the end of the Spring term is now complete with no positive Covid cases to report. If you or your child now develops symptoms, please follow NHS Track and Trace. Happy Easter Everyone!

26th Mar - If anyone who has been in school develops symptoms or has a positive Covid test on Saturday 27th or Sunday 28th March, please notify school immediately via the office email. After this, please follow the newsletter instructions and follow NHS Track and Trace requirements.

Latest Publications

Notices

Is your child due to start school in September 2021? If so, click here to find out more about how to visits and learn about how to apply to join our fantastic school.


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 - 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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


Please see our vacancies page for an opportunity for a Playworker.


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.

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