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

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


'Bonum Vincit et Amour Dei'  Good Wins within the love of God

Ratified by Governors Spring 2023 


Our vision is firmly rooted in the Christian foundations of our school, which was first established in 1893 when the daughter of Bishop Harvey Goodwin laid the very first stone. We are extremely proud of our heritage and celebrate the fact that we are named in memory of Bishop Goodwin (1818-1891). He was arguably one of the most outstanding bishops of the Church of England in the late 19th century and a prime mover in establishing inclusive education for all. His achievements are recognised in Church House, Westminster London, where a set of rooms are named after him. He became Bishop of Carlisle in 1869 and has a memorial in Carlisle Cathedral, which we visit. This gives us a unique relationship with the cathedral as well as being the only church school in the cathedral city. Our vision uses the language of good and Goodwin as a play upon his name.


The Bishop Harvey Goodwin School is a nurturing, inclusive and loving school which serves the community of inner city Carlisle. Our vision inspires us to be aspirational for all in every aspect of school life because we have faith in the goodness we see in our loving God and know that he shows his goodness to all. We want our children to look up at the stars not just in the gallery but also in their lives.


'Trust in the Lord and do good' Psalm 37:3