Bishop Gilpin Church of England Primary School

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Christian Ethos

Bishop Gilpin benefits from close links with two churches: St Mary’s and St Mark’s. Their respective clergy are closely involved in the spiritual life of the school. Among other things, they are on the Governing Body and are frequent visitors to the school.

Our school’s values of equality, caring, forgiveness and thankfulness are rooted in Christian teaching and explored at every opportunity during collective worship and RE lessons. They impact on all learners and enable them to flourish as individuals, whether they are Christian, of other faiths, or of no faith. 

''The warm, inclusive, welcoming ethos of the school ... reflects the extremely strong commitment to developing pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural qualities.'' Ofsted report, 2013

Our school embraces collective worship. On Monday morning the clergy establish a theme and this is explored in various ways during the rest of the week. Friday’s whole-school worship summarises what has taken place that week, so reinforcing the Christian
message and providing our pupils with a variety of worship experiences.

Our children are actively involved. They lead a Eucharist once every half term, and children lead their own collective worship to our whole school several times per half term. Throughout the school, spiritual reflection is encouraged. There are special quiet areas in each classroom, and a Reflection Area near the school entrance. 

Worship is co-ordinated by the Faith Group, a working party that reports to the Governing Body. Members of this Faith Group include the Headteacher, the clergy and other governors.

Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Reports

The Southwark Diocesan Board of Education (SDBE) carried out a Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools (SIAS) at Bishop Gilpin in 2012 and followed this with a monitoring visit in 2015.

The report and monitoring visit found that the distinctiveness and effectiveness of Bishop Gilpin as a Church of England school is outstanding.

"The children of Bishop Gilpin thrive in an atmosphere steeped in the Christian principles of caring, forgiveness, compassion and cooperation. They derive inspiration, spiritual growth and affirmation from stimulating and reflective collective worship and innovative religious education teaching. The leadership and management challenge and take risks in order to provide the best education they can for pupils and to ensure that the school's vision is put into practice by all members of the school community."

To read the full report, please click on SIAS Report, below:

PDF icon SIAS Report 2012 PDF