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Pilsley C of E School


'Pilsley CE VA Primary is an excellent church school because its relationships are founded on explicitly Christian values. The vibrant Christian ethos is producing mature pupils who are well motivated and have high expectations of themselves and others.  Everyone is nurtured and encouraged to do their best and succeed, whatever their background. The headteacher, staff and governors have a clear, shared vision of Christian witness which is having an excellent impact on the pupils.'

What is SIAMS?

In addition to Ofsted inspections, Church schools also undergo a denominational inspection - the Church of England's Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools, SIAMS, which assesses the effectiveness of Church of England schools as Church schools.

At the heart of the SIAMS process is school self-evaluation carried out by staff and governors.  This evidence is then examined by an inspector who also makes his or her own observations before producing a report based around four key questions.

  • How well does the school, through its distinctive Christian character, meet the needs of all learners?
  • What is the impact of collective worship on the school community?
  • How effective is the religious education?
  • How effective are the leadership and management of the school, as a church school?

This enables a judgement to be made against set grade criteria.


We were inspected in October 2012 when the distinctiveness and effectiveness of Pilsley as a Church of England school were judged to be:


A copy of the latest SIAMS inspection report can be accessed below:

On Wednesday 11th October we are having a whole school RE WOW day based on the Bible.


Read more about our RE learning by following the link below:

Welcome to the new website of Pilsley C of E Primary School, Bakewell, Derbyshire. We are very proud of our school and warmly welcome visits by prospective parents by prior arrangement. Please contact the school office on 01246 583203.

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