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About Bowlish

Welcome to the Bowlish Infant School website. We hope that you will enjoy finding out about our school. If you are looking for a school place for your child, we currently have a small number of places. 


Bowlish Infant School is a friendly community school, with a committed team of staff and governors who do all they can to provide the very best learning experience for the children who attend our school. With capacity for up to 117 children aged between 4 and 7 years, we organise our classes as follows: 

  • Robin Class - Reception age children 

  • Owl - Reception & Year 1 age children 

  • Woodpecker - Year 1 & Year 2 age children 

  • Finch – Year 2 age children 


Broadly, our facilities comprise of four spacious classrooms, a well-stocked library, hall, wellbeing room, designated cooking area, kitchen, staffroom, teacher workspace, and 2 school offices. We strive to create enabling indoor learning spaces, with wellbeing and an understanding of sensory processing in mind.  


The outdoor areas are cosy, beautifully designed and well-utilised. The forest school with a teepee and ‘boot room’ is used weekly by the children and every class has access to the gardening area. The timber trail, field, sensory garden and playground are open for daily use (weather permitting). Our outdoor extended-classroom spaces are mostly covered, which enables play a key role in our curriculum delivery. 


School History 

Having first opened in July 1869, our school has a rich heritage. Initially educating the children in the mill communities of Bowlish and Darshill, we are proud of the long history of involvement in the local community and value this ongoing relationship.  


Over the years, the buildings have been extended, refurbished and resourced to a high standard. The main building visually reminds us of the school’s history with its beautiful original features such as, exposed stone walls, high ceilings, arched doorways and windows. 



If you need to enquire about a school place please contact the school on 01749 342514 or via our 'contact us' page.  We are able to offer 'in year' places ourselves and can support you through this process.


Our prospectus will soon be available on the website; in the meantime, if you would like to receive a copy, please contact the School Office.