Church School

Bishop Gilpin School
Archbishop Rowan Williams with Bishop Gilpin pupils visiting St Mary's

Bishop Gilpin C of E Primary School

Bishop Gilpin school is a voluntary aided, co-educational Church of England Primary School. We are in the Diocese of Southwark, within the local authority of the London Borough of Merton.

The school was founded in 1758, in a building which still exists on the edge of Wimbledon Common and moved to its present site in 1966. It is housed in a modern single storey building set in two acres of rising ground. Extensive grassed sports facilities are shared with the neighbouring secondary school.

The school admits 60 children into the reception classes and there are no more than 30 children in each of the other classes. There is a close relationship with St Mary's and St Mark's churches and clergy visit the school regularly. Admission can be via Open places (based on nearness of the home address to the school) or Foundation places (based on family church membership and a reference from the clergy). These places are divided 50:50. Register for nursery places just after your child's second birthday.

Lake Road,
SW19 7EP
Tel: 020 8946 6666
Fax: 020 8944 0722



School References

If you would like the Rector to provide a church reference for a place at a church school please ensure you let her know by:

  • introducing yourself after a service and telling her that you would like a reference in the September before the school year you are applying for;
  • sending her an email with the name of the school(s) and 'reference' in the subject line. In the email outline how long you have attended St Mary's, how often you come to church, which service you usually come to and any other activities you or your child are involved with in the Parish. It is also helpful to attach a photograph of you and your child; and
  • ensuring you are on the Church's Electoral Roll (this is not the same as the one for Local and General Elections).

Reference forms should either be returned to the school or be given in at the Parish Office marked 'School References'. Make sure you follow the instructions given by the school. Please ensure any envelopes for returning the forms to schools have stamps on them.

Please note that last minute phone applications cannot be dealt with and the clergy do not make appointments to discuss admission. If you think that there are special circumstances around your application, please include them in the email that you send to the Rector.