About Us

Our Mission Statement - Reach Higher, Think Deeper, Love Wider

Bishop Pursglove is a Voluntary Aided school. This means that we work in very close connection with both the Local Authority and the Diocese of Derby.

As a Church school we embed the Christian ethos right through the very core of our day to day lives, lessons, Collective Worship and the quality of relationships.

"Children are happy, enthusiastic, confident and caring of each other." Church Inspection Dec 2009.

The children speak highly of their school, and the staff that work here, and are proud to be associated with it. They enjoy the responsibility asked of them and set a good example to one another.

Collective Worship is a real strength in our school. We gather together daily and the children help to plan, deliver and evaluate the impact their daily worship has on them. During our recent Church Inspection one child stated "If we didn't have Collective Worship there would be alot of unhappy children, it starts our day well and gives us time to reflect and challenge our thoughts." All the staff take part in our daily worship and we work hard to inspire the children. We sing a range of songs and children also lead different sorts of prayers.

In our recent Ofsted inspection it was stated that " The Christian ethos of the school pulsates through it." Ofsted Nov 9.

Lessons are engaging and encourage children to take risks and challenge themselves. Teaching and learning are at the centre of all school improvement. Teachers work hard to deliver exciting lessons that ensure children make good progress in all lessons. Constant evaluation is undertaken.

We have many links with St. John's Church in Tideswell. There is a strong, supportive relationship with the vicar and church community. He regularly visits the school both to lead Collective Worship and support the school. The children lead worship in the Church at Sunday morning services on a regular basis and regular services are held at the end of each school term. This is another opportunity to celebrate the Christian Ethos that underpins everything we do in school. The "Open the Book" team visit school twice each half term. These are a group of committed people who want to spread the message about Jesus. They do this in an exciting and practical way, using story, drama and songs, as well as thoughts, prayer and reflection.

We have a very dedicated and hardworking Governing Body who are all committed to working hard to continue the School Improvement. They help to lead and manage the school and ensure that the children are well looked after, achieve good results, make good progress and most importantly enjoy school and gain 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.

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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.