October Newsletter

Dear Parents and Carers,

Half Term Update:

Church Inspection (SIAMS Inspection):

We were visited by a SIAMS’ inspector on the 25th September and the day went really well.  We have had a lot of very positive feedback and we were very proud to show our values in practice.  We would like to thank the parents who came in to meet with the inspector – your support is very much appreciated. 

The inspection was carried out against new measures as there has been significant changes in the assessment framework, we are delighted to be graded 2 (good) overall and grade 1 (excellent) for collective worship and the summary of findings is as follows:

  • Bishop Pursglove’s Christian vision permeates through every aspect of school life. The caring, nurturing ethos has a positive impact on all members of the school community.
  • The teaching of religious education (RE) is effective. Teachers plan and deliver lessons that have clear learning intentions and clearly demonstrate links to the ‘think deeper’ element of the school’s vision. Pupils are given the confidence to ask big questions.
  • Leaders have ensured that collective worship plays a central role in the promotion of the school’s Christian vision. Pupils and staff talk with great enthusiasm about worship and how it has an extremely positive impact on their lives, both in and out of school. 
  • The understanding of spirituality is an area that is not fully developed within the school community.


The fencing is now complete and we are really pleased with it. Padlocks have been fitted to the gates so that the children will be secure during the school day and the site will be secure during the night. Some of the gates will be open in the morning and in the afternoon for pick up of the children. The electronic gate is still a work in progress but when complete will be on a timer to open in the morning and in the afternoon (as infant playground gate). This will also have a buzzer connected to the school office for access during the school day. Hopefully, there will not be to many teething problems but please let me know if there are any issues.

Sports News:

Y5/6 took part in the cluster football festival which was held at Tideswell in September. They all had a fabulous time. The children also won the Respect Trophy which was fantastic.

44 children (Y1 – Y6 children) took part in the cluster cross county event. The children really enjoyed themselves and all the children involved performed brilliantly. The lower junior girls team came first and we had lots of children who were placed in the top ten.

Emerald Class took part in the cluster football festival which was held at Tideswell this month. They had a great time and loved the opportunity to build on teamwork skills. One of the teams also won the event!

Y5/6 will be taking part in the cluster Tag Rugby at Longstone on October 24th from 1 – 3pm. 

Y3/4 will be taking part in the cluster dodgeball tournament at Bakewell Juniors on November 14th from 1 – 3pm. Parents are very welcome to go and watch at these events.

Many thanks to Friends of School (PTA) who provided refreshments. They raised a considerable amount of money and the refreshments were greatly appreciated by visiting parents. Many thanks to all who donated cakes.


22.10.19                           Film Night

25.10.19                           Ruby Class Assembly

04.11.19                            INSET day

05.11.19                            Return to school

11.11.19 – 14.11.19              Book People Book Fair at School 3.30pm

12.11.19 – 13.11.19             Parents Evening (Y1 – Y6)

14.11.19                            Dodge Ball Tournament

19.11.19                            Flu Vaccinations

22.11.19                           Sapphire Class Assembly g

03.12.19                           FoS Disco

04.12.19                           Ruby Class trip to National Space Centre

08.12.19                           FoS Breakfast with Santa (Sunday) & Chrstingle in church

09.12.19                           Nativity dress rehearsal 2.30pm

11.12.19                            Infant Nativity – 2.30pm & Infant Nativity – 6pm

18.12.19                            Christmas Dinner (party clothes may be worn)         

19.12.19                            Pantomine, Xmas Turns – 2.00pm in School (Parents welcome)

                                                       & Christmas jumper day       

20.12.19                            Christmas Service in Church 9.15am (Parents, family & friends welcome),                                                                                                                                

                                         Party Lunch/Party Day (party clothes may be worn)

                                         School Closes 2.40pm

23.12.19 – 04.01.20            Christmas holidays

06.01.20                            School reopens

TASC & Holiday Club:

At TASC ,we are looking forward to a fun week of Halloween-themed activities during Holiday Club this half-term, including spooky crafts, a spooky party and a visit froma real Magician.  As always, we are open 8am – 6pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during the holiday, with half-day sessions available.  Please call the TASC mobile 07792 075486, if you are interested in coming along.  There is lots going on at After School Club between now and Christmas – speak to us to find out more!

Friends of School Update:

Many thanks to Friends of School (our PTA group) who work incredibly hard to raise money for school. This money has paid for ipads, netbooks, the pantomime, easter egss and lots more over the last couple of years. With out the PTA, niceties like this would be greatly missed by the children as school budgets bascically cover salary costs, the services we pay for from DCC and for use of the astro and playing field.

Music Lessons:

Nick Cutler, the guitar tutor, is now offering ten minute taster sessions. Just pay for one lesson and see if your child would like to continue having lessons at Bishop Pursglove School. If you are interested, please contact Nick Cutler (ARCM) to arrange a lesson on 07935 274336.

Many thanks for your support and have a lovely holiday.

Lynne Kilford