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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

23rd Oct - School is now closed for the autumn half term holiday. We look forward to welcoming pupils and parents back to school on Tuesday 3rd November after the INSET day. Happy holidays!

21st Oct - Today we are pleased to feature in the Cambridge Independent Newspaper with photos and an explanation about our positive mental health curriculum.

19th Oct - We had a great whole school RE day today building up our school journey of 'Understanding Christianity'. Our youngest children learnt about what makes us special and how Jesus is special to Christians. Our older children looked into the topic of what is the 'Good News' of the gospel.

16th Oct - Today, our pupils showcased their positive mental health work as a press photographer visited our school to take socially distanced pictures for the newspaper.

15th Oct - THANK YOU! to the parents who have donated slabs (and the time and effort to install them) to make entry to the school gate less muddy!

13th Oct - Despite to power cut, thank you to everyone who is joining us for the virtual Parents' Evening tonight!

12th Oct - Thanks to Pine class, we will now have on display posters to promote positive thinking including word-web phrases and images. They explored what 'Positive Thinking' means and how we can be more positive in our lives and with other people.

9th Oct - The virtual governor visit today was an opportunity to celebrate all the work we have done this week in conjunction with the YMCA and our cluster schools. Please do ask the children about what they have learnt and how together, we are all promoting positive mental health.

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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.


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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!


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