Bishop Ellis Catholic Primary School

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Bishop Ellis Catholic Primary School
Type Primary
Religion Catholic
Headteacher Gail Neill
Location Barkby Thorpe Lane
England Coordinates: 52°41′03″N 1°05′19″W / 52.6842°N 1.0886°W / 52.6842; -1.0886
Local authority Leicestershire
Students 315
Gender mixed
Ages 4–11
Website Official site

Bishop Ellis Catholic Primary School is a voluntary aided Catholic primary school located in Thurmaston, Leicestershire, England.[1] Approximately 315 pupils aged 5–11 attend the school under the direction of the Head teacher Gail Neill.[2]

It was granted the Healthy Schools award in February 2007, presented by the then Leicester City F.C. manager Rob Kelly.[3]

Academic standards[edit]

In the report of the Ofsted inspection on 5 June 2006 the school was rated Good, point two on a four point scale. Each topic was rated outstanding or good with, notably, none less than good. However, the highest possible award of Outstanding was given for the Personal development and well-being of the pupils.[2][4]

Radio project[edit]

A two year project started in April 2004 in which children made radio shows. Bishop Ellis worked with Dovelands Primary School, Fullhurst Community College and Takeover Radio.[5]

Madeleine McCann[edit]

Madeleine McCann would have attended this school from September 2007.[6] On 18 June that year, as part of the appeal for her safe return, the children lined up in the playground to spell out Find Madeleine, and the school raised £1,500 for the appeal.[7] The school said that a place had been reserved for Madeleine and lit a candle for her.[8]


  1. ^ "Statutory Instruments 1999 No. 2432 The Designation of Schools Having a Religious Character (England) Order 1999", Office of Public Sector Information
  2. ^ a b "Bishop Ellis Catholic Primary School", Ofsted, 7 September 2006
  3. ^ "Reward for school's commitment to healthy life", Leicester Mercury, 14 February 2008
  4. ^ "Exemplary behaviour is praised", Leicester Mercury, 20 September 2006
  5. ^ "Right wavelength", Leicester Mercury, 27 April 2004
  6. ^ "Madeleine parents to sue Portuguese paper", Fred Attewill, The Guardian, August 31, 2007
  7. ^ "Schoolkids send heartfelt plea", The Sun, 19 June 2007
    • "Pupils spell out Madeleine appeal message as supporters urge holidaymakers to be vigilant", Yorkshire Post, 19 June 2007, page 2
  8. ^ "Candle of hope for Madeleine". The Times (London). 2007-08-31. Retrieved 2008-02-29. 

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