Harewood C of E Primary School is a Church of England Voluntary Controlled School. Our values and ethos permeate every element of daily life in school.
Christian values are the foundation of our school ethos. Values, such as the importance of every individual, forgiveness, fairness, respect, compassion, integrity, honesty and self worth, influence all that we seek to do. These values are the expression of the commandment that Jesus gave us:
John 13 34-35 “As I have loved you, so you must love one another….. then everyone will know that you are my disciples”.
We also actively seek to encourage the attitudes of awe, wonder and reflection.
Through a rich and exciting curriculum, children learn about the Christian Faith and a wide range of other world Faiths. This understanding allows them to understand and celebrate the cultural and spiritual differences represented in our staff and student body.
Children are taught to be active in securing change in the world around them. Through Collective Worship, RE and PSHE, children are engaged with their school and wider community. They identify ways in which they can ‘be the change they want to see in the world’.
Our approach to behaviour in school centres on children taking responsibility for their actions and where necessary, making reparation for their ‘poor choices’. This approach empowers children challenge negativity when the see it and to hold themselves and others to a higher standard. We teach children overt strategies for building their personal resilience. This approach not only secures us an exemplary level of behaviour in school, but prepares children to kind, honest and empathetic members of society.
Children are given regular opportunities to think deeply about ‘Big Questions’. This theological contemplation helps them to shape and challenge their own thinking about their faith and those of others. We celebrate the importance of being open to change and tolerant of difference. Through this open dialogue, we promote harmony in our school community and prepare them to approach the world with and open mind and a kind heart.
‘We are kind to each other. We know it is good to be different. God loves us equally’ – Elizabeth
”When we pray, we are talking to God.’ – Jasmine
‘Our School is like a family. We love each other and look after each other’ – Heidi
‘My God listens to me’ – Hajrah
‘God made everything, so we have to look after each other and the World’ – Callum
‘I am like the fishermen and cast my net wide today! I caught some new people that I wouldn’t usually play with!’ – Luca
SIAMS stands for Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools, which is the inspection process for Diocesan Church Schools and focuses on the effect that the Christian ethos of the church school has on the children and young people who attend it.
Harewood was last inspected in this way in 2019. A full copy of the report can be downloaded at the foot of the page.