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St Peter`s C E (VA) Primary School
Church Road, West Hanningfield, CM2 8UQ, UK Chelmsford
+44 (0)1245 400327

Welcome to our school!

 St. Peter's School

Vision Statement

Realising the potential of every individual within a caring, Christian community

St Peter’s School was founded by the Diocese of Chelmsford in the belief that there is great value for all children in an education based on Christian principles. We aim to provide the best possible education for each child within the context of a caring, Christian community and within the framework of the National Curriculum.


  • To deliver an exciting broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum which promotes children’s academic, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development;
  • To promote opportunities for children to develop their intellectual, physical, creative and aesthetic abilities and to celebrate their achievements;
  • To set, deliver and maintain high standards of teaching, learning and behaviour;
  • To allow all staff to reach their full potential through a commitment to providing good quality staff development and to promoting a healthy work-life balance;
  • To offer children a stimulating, secure environment in which they will become confident, independent and enthusiastic life-long learners and in which they are able to share their fears and concerns;
  • To encourage children to be considerate, caring, polite and respectful and to become responsible, tolerant and compassionate members of our school and the wider community;
  • To support and encourage the children to set and work towards their own personal goals and ambitions for the future.

Key Facts

  • 90 pupils on roll on 1st January 2006.
  • 0.3% Unauthorised absences during the 2004/2005 academic year.
  • 5.9% Authorised absences during the 2004/2005 academic year.
  • Intention to admit 15 in each year group in the 2005/2006 academic year.

History & Character

According to the Essex Record Office there has been a school in the village of West Hanningfield since at least 1848. The original building was replaced by another (in Helmon's Lane) in 1893.  This was then the school for the next 70 years. Several ex-pupils in the village can still remember going to school in this building and earlier log books kept by the school give a fascinating insight into a rural farming community of the early twentieth century. The school for example, was regularly closed in the summer so that children could help with hay-making and the pea harvest.

South Hanningfield also had its own village school (near the end of Middlemead next to the swings). Both schools were amalgamated in l968. The new building was sited in West Hanningfield although the school was re-named St. Peter's to reflect its link with the village of South Hanningfield. Both old Victorian schools were demolished.

St. Peter's school is a church foundation, grant-aided by the Department for Education and Skills and maintained by Essex County Council.

Extra Curricular Activities

At present football, netball, recorders, gymnastics, dance and computer clubs take place.

Sporting Aims & Provision for Sport

As part of our P.E. programme, children in school years 2 to 6 have swimming lessons for one term every academic year, under the tuition of a qualified experienced swimming teacher.

The school has a good sized hall, with a range of P.E. apparatus including wall bars, ropes and small apparatus such as mats and benches. We also have a large field suitable for a variety of activities. We run after school football and netball clubs and hold regular P.E. movement and games sessions and an annual sports day. Children participate in competition matches against other schools in football and netball.  We run a summer cricket course in collaboration with Essex County Cricket Club for year 5 and 6 pupils. Children also play unihoc, rounders and basketball. Our sporting aims are:

  • To provide opportunities for each child to work on a personal capacity developing his/her potential to the fullest extent.
  • To offer the children a wide range of apparatus for gymnastics and games.
  • To encourage team work and co-operation within a group.
  • To offer opportunities for creative thinking and expression.
  • To practise skills of movement and running, jumping, skipping, dodging, turning etc.
  • To perfect techniques of a game - passing, bouncing, kicking, etc.
  • To encourage exercise as being together with a well balanced diet essential to healthy living.
  • to provide opportunities to engage in competitive sporting activities ensuring fair play and good sportsmanship.

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