The Bishop Harvey Goodwin (VA) C of E Primary School

“Bonum Vincit Et Amor Dei” Good Wins Within the love of God

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"We are a reading school"




Welcome from the Acting Head Teacher Mrs Craggs                                               

Welcome to The Bishop Harvey Goodwin Church of England VA Primary School. 


We are an aspirational, loving and inclusive school. Our vision is 'Bonum Vincit et amour Dei' which translated means Good wins within the love of God. We have a clear purpose of 'never giving up on a child' and admitting families as well as children which is underpinned by our values of Hope, Respect, Friendship and Forgiveness. Our vision, purpose and values are at the heart of all we do. We are situated in the historic city of Carlisle and are in the two parishes of St John The Baptist, Upperby and St Herbert’s parish in Currock.  We warmly welcome pupils and families of all faiths, beliefs or non faith as we serve our whole community. 


We are fully committed to ensure that you and your child remain at the heart of our school so that they achieve their full potential in an enjoyable and secure environment.


The children at The Bishop Harvey Goodwin School are amazing. They are a real asset to both the school and the community. We are very proud of the way they readily and maturely take on roles and responsibilities including House Captains, Mini Police, Worship Leaders, Lunch buddies, Librarians and Orienteering buddies to name a few. 


They are taught by a highly skilled, well educated and loving staff team, who are always available to work together with pupils and families to ensure successful outcomes.  


We achieved 'EXCELLENT' in our last SIAMS Inspection April 2023


'Under exceptional and inspirational leadership, the dynamic Christian vision impacts positively on the lives of all pupils, adults and families. As a result, the school has a transformational influence on the local community.'

'There is a fiercely strong commitment to meeting the needs of vulnerable pupils .... commitment to the inclusion, nurture and aspiration of all pupils ensures that the development of character is a foremost concern. Pupils flourish as a result of the vision..'


During our last Ofsted inspection March 2018 we were rated 'Good' in all areas. 


‘The school has spirit. There is a positive and caring culture. The headteacher and her deputy have high expectations and vow ‘not to give up’ on any pupil.’

‘Pupils make good progress across a range of subjects including English and mathematics as a result of high-quality teaching and rigorous assessment.’

‘The curriculum enriches pupils’ school experience by providing a wealth of academic and social opportunities. 


Our Senior Leadership Team is made up of myself as Acting Headteacher and Mrs Thompson the Acting Deputy Headteacher.  As a school we really value the good relationships we form with parents and the way this positively impacts on the well-being of all our pupils.


Please take time to look at our website. Feedback and suggestions are always welcome. Please come and visit us at any time or call us on 01228 590794. We recognise the importance of your child being happy and thriving at our school. We are here to support you as part of our school family in any way we can. 


Mrs C Craggs
Acting Head Teacher