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.
Our values help shape the character of 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 School Reports
SIAMS carried out their most recent inspection in 2017 the link to the 2017 inspection report is here. SIAMS found Bishop Gilpin to be outstanding in all areas.
The distinctiveness and effectiveness of Bishop Gilpin as a Church of England school are outstanding:
- A strong Christian and inclusive ethos underpins the school's work. It is appropriately expressed through its mission statement and values and impacts positively on the caring relationships across the school and the very good behaviour of pupils.
- Collective worship is a strength of the school, it contributes significantly to its inclusive Christian ethos and supports a deep sense of belonging and community for all.
- High quality Religious education (RE) enthuses and engages pupils. As a consequence achievement in RE is outstanding.
- The committed Christian leadership of the headteacher, senior leaders, RE subject leader and governors has a significant impact on pupils’ academic and personal development.
- It has a significant effect on the behaviour and lives and the spiritual development of the whole school community.