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We now have a new, updated version of our school badge. It is still based on the original design by Basil Waterton, Petersfield's first 'Head Master' but now includes a symbol for Tadlow, the fifth parish to join our school community; presumably not included in the shield in the first place as Tadlow pupils started attending Petersfield a few years after the school opened in 1962.

If you would like to find out more about the history of our school, we produced a book to celebrate our Golden Jubilee in 2012. This can be consulted in school or there are a few copies left to buy.

A few designs for a new school logo were judged by our pupils, parents, staff and governors and the winner was fine-tuned into the beautiful design (below right).

We've kept a picture of the original shield so you can see how it's changed (below left).

Old Shield

Often we are asked by pupils and parents where the symbols originate and why they are used. We hope you will find the explanation below interesting.

The cross of St Andrew, represents both the church of St Andrew, Orwell and the church of St Andrew's, Wimpole, and it now runs across the middle of the shield. The pupils liked this idea as Orwell is the geographical home of Petersfield. The diagonal cross embraces the other parish symbols.

New Shield

At the top of the shield is the anchor which symbolises the parish of St Nicholas, Arrington. The anchor represents the connection between St Nicholas and ships and sailors. (In some countries, St Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors).

To the right, the lily symbolises the parish church of St Mary's, Whaddon. The Virgin Mary, Jesus's mother, has many floral symbols, including the lily of the valley, the rose, the "English daisy", the pansy and the periwinkle. It couldn't be agreed which flower Basil Waterton had chosen to depict on his shield, so the lily, as depicted on our school banner was chosen as it is has been found on an old hanging in St Mary's, Whaddon.

At the bottom of the shield, the two heads of wheat symbolise the Church of All Saints, Croydon-cum-Clopton. All Saints Day is traditionally celebrated in November. Wheat is one of the traditional symbols of All Saints Day. It is also a fitting symbol for our school, which in the summer, is surrounded by golden wheat fields. As you can see, the wheat has translated over the years into what look like feathers on the old shield. This may have happened due to endless redrawing and someone mistaking the wheat for feathers. They seem to have stuck for a while!

Finally, the new symbol of an arrow has been added to the left on the shield, representing St Giles, Tadlow. Two symbols which represent St Giles are an arrow and a hind. To keep the simplicity and boldness of the shield design, the arrow was chosen. An arrow, shot at the deer, who in some stories sustained St Giles for many years in his solitude, wounded the saint instead, who afterwards became the patron saint of people with physical disabilities.

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.

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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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