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St Peter's Church of England Primary School is set in the heart of Whetstone on the outskirts of Leicester. Although no longer a true rural viilage, Whetstone still retains a close community feel and is within striking distance of beautiful Leicestershire countryside. St Peter’s Church of England (Aided) Primary SchoolAIMS, VALUES AND VISIONLove of Learning: Learning to LoveLed by FaithSt Peter’s Church of England (Aided) Primary School is committed to providing inspiring and memorable learning within a loving Christian community. We want our pupils to become learners for life, to be happy and confident, and to develop their full potential: with faith, heart and helping hands children can accomplish anything.
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Our lovely village of Whetstone, just 5 miles outside of Leicester, is a growing community of around 8,000 people. We have two primary schools, three children’s play parks, several sports grounds for football and rugby, four thriving pubs (two are popular restaurants too), and a supermarket. We are only 10 minutes (3 miles) from junction 21 of the M1, and a short walk from countryside, canals, and the Great Central Railway cycleway into Leicester.
Whetstone has three churches: the Parish Church of St Peters, the United Reformed Church, and Whetstone Baptist Church. The Baptist church are currently building a substantial new building, relocating within the village but staying within the community.
St Peter’s C of E (A) School is closely affiliated with the Diocese of Leicester and St Peter’s Church, but works closely with all churches in the village. All three churches have ministers and leaders who are involved in coming into our school regularly for assembly and collective worship.
The community is very keen on sporting endeavours, home to the “Blaby and Whetstone Youth Club” which are a football, and more, activities group and run lots of community events, fitness classes, holiday clubs, and family oriented activities. We have Holmes Park ground, home of The Leicestershire & Rutland County FA and training group of Leicester City Youths, and often hosting Saturday morning tournaments. Whetstone Juniors Football Club, Saffron Dynamo Football Club, and Vipers Rugby Football Club. We are also sandwiched between Whetstone Golf Club and Blaby Golf Club. Oh, and there is a cricket team and pitch on The Dicken Park!
It is possible to enjoy the outdoors in Whetstone: we have three parks, all good for small children, one with a skate ramp for the bigger kids. A Garden Centre, and just outside of the main village, a Pick-Your-Own farm with a popular local café and play barn in the summer months.
We have on the outskirts a very well attended farm shop, and within the village convenience stores, flower shop, two hair dressers, a couple of nurseries, a veterinary practice, and a good sized supermarket.
It is very easy to get from Whetstone into Leicester city centre following the main A426, or via the local 84 bus service. It is also only 3 miles from the popular Fosse Park shopping park, and less than that from the Enderby Park and Ride facility.
Lots of people in Whetstone travel into Leicester/Nottingham/Northampton/Coventry for work, or to the many business parks on the outskirts of all of these. We are well placed for transport links.
With the good links in to the city centre, it is possible to go by train from Leicester in all directions. It takes only a little over an hour into central London, and even all the way to Paris via a single change at St Pancras, something this Chair of Governors did recently for a very enjoyable short break! Sometimes you might prefer the convenience of a similar length taxiride to Rugby station, and a train direct into Euston.
Historically Whetstone played its part in key developments of our modern era. Whetstone was the site of Frank Whittle's factory, where jet engines were developed. The site is still in use, though now by a number of companies, and much quieter than when they did aircraft engine testing! We also honour our history with a street closure, parade, and moving remembrance service every year, led by local children’s groups.
Looking to the future and the challenges of modern life, Whetstone is fortunate to be equipped with both Open Reach Fibre to the Cabinet (aka BT infinity, aka FTTC) and Virgin Media Cable internet connectivity. It has decent mobile signal on all networks. It also has a very comprehensive recycling scheme collected regularly, which is both convenient and budget conscious of our local council.
We are part of Embrace Multi Academy Trust.
Embrace Multi Academy Trust is a new trust developed in partnership by like-minded leaders and governors from a range of schools across south Leicestershire. We are clear on what we stand for, what we want for our pupils and where our future lies. We are a church-majority trust, driven by a moral purpose to develop our pupils in the fullest sense, regardless of which academy they attend and without detriment to others outside our trust.
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