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Bishop Pursglove C of E Primary School

Reach Higher, Think Deeper, Love Wider


Bishop Pursglove C of E Primary is a good rural school with a roll of approximately​ 100 pupils. ​Whilst Bishop Pursglove has a ​wide rural catchment ​we also attract children/families from surrounding areas. 


​Our staff are privileged to educate children in such beautiful surroundings ​sitting at the heart of the world-famous Peak District next to our church of St John the Baptist, locally known as the Cathedral of the Peak. We ​know that we offer all of our pupils an ​excellent education.   ​


Bishop Pursglove is a Church of England School judged to be ‘Good’ in its church inspection (September 2019) which celebrated the school’s strong Christian ethos and set of values. Ofsted judged the school to be good in every aspect of its work during its most recent inspection (January 2019). Since then we have continued to strive for even higher standards and greater progress. We are rightly proud of this, but we offer so much more than just our results and encourage you to ​explore our web site to find out more about our distinctiveness​.


We have a dedicated​, hardworking Governing Body committed to continue the school improvement. They ​support the Head and her team ​in lead​ing and manag​ing the school ensur​ing that the children are well looked after, achieve good results, make good progress and​, most importantly​, enjoy school to get maximum pleasure from a broad and balanced curriculum.


The children are at the very heart of our school. They show respect for each other, the staff and our lovely school environment. Every Child Matters here at Bishop Pursglove and we aim to develop the very best from every child that we have the privilege to educate here.


We hope that you will choose Bishop Pursglove C of E Primary School ​& allow us to ensure your child receives the special education they deserve ​that only we can provide.​


We look forward to meeting you.


Mrs Kilford & the Bishop Pursglove Team


Our History

In the sixteentth century, Bishop Robert Pursglove founded a grammar school, which finally closed in 1932. Tideswell National School opened in the nineteenth century in the nearby buildings now converted into dwellings.

Pursglove Secondary School was built in 1936 and closed in 1973 with the coming of comprehensive education. All pupils aged 11 then transferred as they do today to Lady Manners in Bakewell or Hope Valley College at Hope.

The old National Church of England School then purchased and converted the secondary school buildings and renamed the school Bishop Pursglove Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School. The school benefits, on occasions from the locally known "Pursglove Trust" and to a larger extent the worshippers of St. John the Baptist Church.