Pilton is a thriving community on the outskirts of Barnstaple in North Devon. It is home to about 2000 residents, and has 4 schools known as 'Pilton Association'. These consist of Pilton Infants', Bluecoat Junior, Pilton College and Pathfield Special School. It is easily accessible via Barnstaple town centre and is in an ideal location for the A361 as well as Noth Devon's stunning beaches and the rolling green hills of the fabulous Devon countryside.
Pilton Association of Schools are:
Pilton Community College is a specialist language college serving most of Barnstaple in secondary school education for an age range of 11-16. It is a large school, located in Chaddiford Lane which is a convenient location near to Braunton Road and Pottington Industrial Estate.
Pilton Bluecoat CofE Primary School
Pilton Bluecoat is a junior school serving an age range of 7-11. Pupils from this school usually proceed into Pilton Community College at age 11.
Pilton Infants School
Pilton Infants is an infants school serving 5-7 year old pupils in and around the Pilton area. At the age of 7, pupils usually proceed into the Pilton Bluecoat Junior School.
Pilton was originally separate to Barnstaple. It has been subsumed as a suburb of the nearby town due to ribbon development in the 1930s.
Situated on an easily-defended hill at the head of the Taw estuary, and close to where the river narrows enough to be fordable, Pilton was an important Saxon settlement, and site of the original burh through much of the 10th century, until this was moved a mile or so to the South-East, to become Barnstaple, a market town and then borough. A Saxon ford would typically have been indicated by a stapol, or post - Bearda's stapol giving the town of Barnstaple its name.
Pilton was granted the right to hold an annual festival by Edward III. The Pilton Festival is normally held on the third weekend of July and incorporates the Green Man Day. The festival includes market stalls, live music and performances at Pilton House. The Green Man performances involve the Green Man, the Prior of the Benedictine Priory of Pilton, and the Pilton Worm, an ancient monster.