Crockerne Church of England Primary School is set in the heart of the Pill community. The present building was built in the late 1960’s though there has been a school in Pill for hundreds of years.

We are very proud of our Church School distinctiveness.  We have a family ethos to our school and this is commented on by visitors to our school.  This is supported by our Christian values for example trust, forgiveness, belonging, peace, justice, courage, hope, joy and most importantly love which ties them all together.


Originally Crockerne Pill Infants and Pill Juniors occupied this site. In 1997 the school was amalgamated into what we now call Crockerne Church of England Primary School.

In September 2004 the upper school site (which houses KS2) was remodelled following an asbestos incident. The rebuild allowed us to remodel various areas including creating larger classrooms and placing our music, art, library and computer rooms in the heart of the school for the whole school to use. The rebuild cost in the region of 1.2 million pounds and allowed us to increase our resource base considerably. Each classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard which the children use with ease to enhance their learning. We have a wonderful new library .

Historically, Pill was the first port of call for merchant ships as they sailed up the River Avon. Crockerne C of E School celebrates its history with strong links with the local community.

‘Pill’ is an old British word for ‘Tidal creek’ or ‘inlet’. ‘Pille’ is a Saxon word for boarding or flooring, and can also mean a wooden platform for meetings of the local ‘Hundred’. There was a thriving pottery industry in this area up to the 1340’s, of which some examples of ‘Ham Green ware’ have been found as far off as west Wales and even as far way as the Baltic. So Crockerne-Hern-Pill could mean, ‘Pottery area on a bend with a tidal creek or inlet’ or ‘Crooked bends on a river’ or even ‘Pottery heron on a wooden base’? – or maybe something completely different? Stuart E Cox

We have redesigned our curriculum to reflect the variety of experiences the community can offer our children. For example, as part of the year 3/4 local study, ‘River or Lifeline’, the children undertake a river walk. As part of this experience they discuss the river history with a local Hobbler.

We pride ourselves on active learning and standards remain at the forefront of all we do. Over recent years our SATs results have been high but we are not driven by SATs results alone. We want our children to achieve in all they do. We have many after school clubs including a very active choir.

At Crockerne our mission statement states ‘Excellence for all in a caring community.’ We do this every day.

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