SIAMS and Church School Information

Church School Information

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.


(John 10:10)


As a school we shape all we do, to allow children to develop a strong sense of their Emotional, Spiritual, Cultural self through our Christian values.

Christian values are the foundation of our school ethos. Values, such as the importance of every individual, hope, honesty, forgiveness, courage and community.

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”.

Children are taught to respect, value and celebrate each other.


Through a rich and exciting curriculum, children learn about the Christian Faith, a wide range of other world Faiths and those with no faith. This understanding allows them to understand and celebrate the cultural and spiritual differences represented in our staff, student body and community.


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.

Children’s thoughts on our ethos and learning:

‘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

Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools

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.

Key findings of the report
  • The school’s chosen Christian vision encourages all stakeholders to live out the biblical teaching of the infinite worth of every individual, all known to God, made in his image and therefore of infinite value.
  • Because of this belief, the school ensures all pupils receive caring nurture, an exciting, stimulating education that inspires their progress, and a desire to achieve the best possible educational outcomes.
  • The effective leadership of the headteacher ensures particular emphasis is placed on the provision of tailored support to meet the needs of pupils who need additional care and provision in order to thrive.
  • Senior leaders and governors have recently adopted the carefully-selected Christian vision statement. This refreshed vision is already underpinning areas of significantly strong practice but this is not yet the case across the full breadth of the school’s work, to achieve a grade better than Good.
  • Worship and religious education (RE) support the school community in living out the chosen Christian values. This is particularly evident in the respectful, caring relationships throughout the school, and the pupils’ social action in supporting the needy and caring for God’s created world.

Click here to download the full SIAMS report

Click the link below to the Diocese of Leeds website for more information about education in the diocese.