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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. Currently, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we cannot offer visits to the school.  If you need to enquire about a school place please contact the school on 01749 342514 or via our 'contact us' page and we will answer any questions that you may have.  We are able to offer 'in year' places ourselves and can support you through this process.


If you are considering applying for a Reception place for September 2021 we will soon send out information booklets to local nurseries and pre-schools.  If your child doesn't attend a pre-school setting local to the school, please contact us and we will send out the information to you.  


Bowlish Infant School is a small, friendly community school. We can take up to 117 children aged between 4 and 7 years. The school opened in July 1869 to educate the children in the mill communities of Bowlish and Darshill and has a long history of involvement in the local community. Although established as a church school it is no longer affiliated to a particular religious body, but remains true to its original spirit of caring for and supporting children and their families. We work as a team of staff, governors and parents to provide the very best learning experience for all the children that attend our school.


Over the years the school has been extended, decorated and resourced to a high standard. The buildings comprise of four classrooms, a library, hall, staffroom, quiet room, kitchen and the school offices as well as outdoor learning areas. Each classroom has a wide range of resources including computers, I-pads and an interactive whiteboard.


The three year groups are taught within four classes which are named after birds:


  • Robin - a pure Reception class.
  • Owl - a mixed Reception and Year 1 class.
  • Woodpecker - a mixed Year 1 and Year 2 class.
  • Finch - a pure Year 2 class.


Our experienced team of staff attend a range of training courses during the school year and are committed to ensuring that their practice is effective in supporting children to learn well and make good progress.



Our prospectus is only available in print. Please get in touch if you would like a copy sent out to you. Thank you.